When the snow started to fall on Friday evening, I got the urge to bake. No – not an urge… I plotted! When I hear snow, I immediately start thinking about what I can try my hand at baking. There is something about being snowed in and baking in a warm kitchen despite the nasty weather that makes me happy! And let’s face it, the snow is pretty to look at. Especially when you are looking at it with a warm piece of fresh french bread in your hand.
This might be the easiest and best bread recipe I’ve ever made. It comes from The Frugal Girl, whom I just started reading… and I adore her already! What a wonderful website and wonderful bread.
French Bread – Click here for recipe.
Modifications… I doubled this recipe and subbed a bit of the regular flour for whole wheat, leaving most of the flour all purpose. I also greased the pans with vegetable shortening, which gave the bottom of the loaf this amazing, crunchy/chewy thing. YUM.
Here is the dough unbaked after it had risen, slashed, and egg-washed:
And here it is in all it’s baked glory:
Tonight for dinner, I cut a huge hunk of this bread into three pieces and made french bread pizza. It was a tasty, tasty weeknight dinner! Highly recommend