Wednesday, November 3, 2010

French Bread ala Moi

My brother in-law's gf brought this french bread to our soup party last Sunday. I cannot believe that it's homemade. I really didn't know it was possible to bake such good french bread without a proper, industrial bakery know what I mean. So thank you, Charla!

French Bread ala Moi

2 ½ cups very warm water

2T sugar

1 T salt

2 T cooking oil

6 cups flour

2 pkg dry yeast (2 T)

Into a large warm mixing bowl, pour in warm water then stir in sugar, salt, oil, half the flour and then the yeast. Beat vigorously 2 – 3 minutes. Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are completely mixed in. Leave spoon right in the heavy batter.

All the dough to rest 10 minutes, then stir down. Repeat this until the dough has been stirred down five times.

Turn the dough onto a floured board. Knead only enough to coat the dough with flour so it can be handled. Divide into two parts. Roll each part into a rectangle shape about 9 x 12 and then roll up like a jelly roll – rolling from the long side. Pinch edge of loaf to seal the dough. Arrange lengthwise on a large cookie sheet that has been sprinkled with corn meal, allowing room for two loaves. Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.

With a very sharp knife, cut three slashes at an angle on the top and then brush entire surface with a slightly beaten whole egg.

Bake immediately at 400 F for 25 – 30 minutes or until brown. Remove from baking sheets and let cool on racks.


  1. I am always really reluctant to make bread because I worked at a bakery for a long time and I know how easily it can be messed up, but I was really craving homemade bread so I just tried this, and I can attest that it is fool proof!

    I made it in my kitchenaid because it's just easier than mixing it by hand, and it worked out wonderfully.

  2. Wow! That looks amazing. I love french bread, I might need to make that tomorrow.

  3. I love this bread! Made it the other night and even my husband was impressed. Thanks :)

  4. I make this bread a few times a month. It's wonderful! I'm so thankful the recipe yields 2 loaves because my husband can sit and eat an entire loaf in one sitting. Thank you!