French Bread Recipe

French Bread Recipe

Ingredients : Makes 2 loaves

15 ml

475 ml

15 ml

850-900 g

Active dried yeast

Lukewarm water

Salt

Plain flour

Semolina or flour, for sprinkling

Method :
  • In a large bowl, combine the yeast and water, stir, and leave for 15 minutes. Stir in the salt.
  • Add the flour, 150g at a time, to obtain a smooth dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl and cover with a plastic bag.
  • Leave to rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 2-4 hours.
  • On a lightly floured surface shape into two long loaves. Place on a baking sheet sprinkled with semolina or flour and leave to rise for 5 minutes.
  • Score the tops diagonally with a sharp knife. Brush with water and place in a cold oven. Place a pan of boiling water on the base of the oven and set the oven to 200oC/400oF/Gas 6.
  • Bake until crusty and golden, about 40 minutes.
  • Cool on a wire rack.

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