I have a French bread recipe that I love to make but it does take a couple of hours. It is delicious and worth the time, but if I need it faster this one hour french bread is fast and tasty.
There is just something about the smell of fresh bread baking in the oven. I like just about any bread if it’s fresh out of the oven. I love it slathered in butter!
This bread starts like most, you add some yeast to a bowl with warm water, sugar, and salt. Allow this to sit for a few minutes to bubble. Next, you add in some butter with 1 cup of flour. You can mix this with a wooden spoon, but like to let the dough hook with my kitchen aid do the work.
Now you add in 2 more cups and flour and mix. At this point, you just add 1/4 cup flour at a time until the dough is combined and pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Once you achieve that, it’s time to knead the dough. You can do this by hand, but again, I let the kitchen aid do the work.
It’s time now to shape the bread. You can make 1 large loaf or 2 smaller loaves. Cover it and let it rise for 20 minutes. After that, you can brush it with an egg wash. This gives it a crunchy top, but you can skip this part if you want to. My family doesn’t like crunchy crust on their bread, so I skip this. Now, all that’s left is baking the bread.
Add this bread to your next meal that would accompany fresh bread. I promise you will love it!
Recipe adapted from The Food Charlatan.