You gotta love homemade french bread right from the oven. Chewy crust and tender inside, so good for dinner. It’s not hard to make, just the wait time to rise. Start at 3:30 and it is ready by 6:00 with lots of time to do other things while it rises.
1¼ cups warm water (110°)
1½ tsp dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
3½ cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
In bowl of mixer, pour warm water, sprinkle yeast over water, and sprinkle sugar over yeast. Add flour and salt, mix and knead. Turn dough out into greased bowl, turn over to coat, cover and let rise 1 hour. Punch down, divided in half. Roll out each half to 6″x12″ then roll up, pinch seam and ends. Put on cornmeal covered silpat, baking sheet, or Demarle Silform Bread Tray on perforated sheet. Cover and let rise about 30 minutes. Make 3 slice marks across both loaves with bread knife. Brush with beaten egg or heavy cream. Bake in preheated 375° oven for 20-25 minutes.
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