Sometimes you just need to do things that make you happy. For me that is baking or gardening! I feel like for a few months I had been saying “oh I want to try and make bread myself” but then work would get in the way. Then I took it upon myself to make time to do this on Sunday because honestly I have been feeling super anxious lately!
I have so many memories of when my brother and I were little making dough for fun in the kitchen to play with. Since this is my first time making bread I knew I didn’t want to do anything that might be more advanced. So if you yourself are a beginner bread maker hopefully you will give this French bread a try! I was so nervous that I was going to burn it! I’ve watched so much The Great British Baking Show that as soon as I was done making it I checked the things Paul Hollywood checks for in the show. Do I have a crispy bottom and all around just? Check! Is there a nice golden color? Check! Is there a nice bounce back spring in the dough itself? CHECK! As you can imagine I am over the moon it came out this good!
2.25 tsp active dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
1.25 cup warm water
1.5 tsp kosher salt
2.5 cups of all purpose flour ( + more for dusting )
It might look like a lot of directions but honestly it’s all little things and once it’s done you are going to be like ya! I can do that again! If you are wondering now that it’s done and I’ve taken a million pictures of it what to do I do with the post worthy French bread? Well, here’s is what Chris and I did. We poured some red wine in glasses got a few of favorite meats (Prosciutto & Salami), goat cheese and a bit of balsamic EVOO. Then had ourselves a nice lunch outside!
If you decide to make this French bread tag me in your Instagram stories @monicsutter I want to see all of you who tried this out!