Thanks to Covid-19 bread making is making a comeback! I’ve never seen so many loaves of bread in my Facebook feed! This French Loaf is my recommendation for a versatile everyday bread.
This recipe is super easy. There is no need for special tools or bread pans. It comes together quickly and easily by hand. The recipe is so fool proof that my three little kids can make it! In fact, the picture here has three loaves, each made by one of my boys.
This bread might be the only bread recipe you’ll ever need. It’s incredibly versatile. You can also shape it according to your personal taste.
Toast it for breakfast. Use it for sandwiches at lunch. Roll our thin like a baguette to serve with charcuterie. Or, serve hot from the oven along side soup or stew for dinner. When it starts to go dry, use it for french toast or dice and toast for croutons.
The only thing you’ll need is yeast, flour and pantry staples including oil, salt and sugar. And, of course, time. This bread will need to rise twice. First in a bowl for an hour and then again for half an hour after you shape the loaf.
If you can’t be bothered kneading, you can try this No Knead Rustic Bread instead, but it’s not as versatile.
Want to switch it up? Follow the directions to the part where you roll out before forming the loaf. Sprinkle with grated cheddar for yummy cheese bread or with cinnamon, sugar and raisins for something sweet. I generally like a lot of anything extra, so I add when I first stretch out before the fold and then again before rolling up.
Want to know the best part? Unlike other breads, this French Loaf can be sliced while warm without sacrificing the texture. So, if you’re like me, and can’t resist the smell of fresh bread, you can safely slather with butter and dive right in!