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Two hour French Bread
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This post is from June 2017 but is being reposted for easier finding.
Who doesn’t love French Bread?! I mean it’s just the most perfect carb ever ever ever created! Am I right? You know I’m right.
This French Bread is even more perfect because you can have it 2 hours from now. 2!!! TWO hours baby! Yeah, I know you’re excited. In fact, you’re probably going to skip right over the rest of my words and go straight to the recipe at the bottom of the post… I understand. Really, I do. Go for it!
Although, if you choose to do so (and like I said, it is totally understandable), then you will miss a hilarious story involving a roller rink and light up skates.
Also, before you go: you can make this bread in a regular loaf pan (well actually 2 loaf pans) and it will work out just great. However, I prefer to use a baguette/ french bread pan lined with parchment paper.
How to make French bread
Y’all, I am about to shamelessly brag on how fabulous this bread is! And I can do that, because it’s not my own personal creation recipe.
I have this awesome friend names Diane. This recipe belongs to Diane, and she has been so wonderful as to let me share it here with you!
Diane is one of those people that you just want to be around always. I can’t go 5 minutes in her company without smiling and most likely I will be laughing too. Her smile is infectious, and she spreads joy wherever she goes.
I want to be like Diane when I grow up.
Easy bread recipe
The moment I knew Diane could be my friend for life was when, while on a date to Sam’s Club (because you know, every date once you have kids will involve grocery shopping without said kids and it will be super exciting to go without little people asking for everything in the store, yet it will surprisingly cost more than it would have if said kids were along; probably because when the kids are not there then the parents don’t have to have on their parent face and therefore act extremely immature! <- Everyone say “longest run on sentence ever!”)…
I digress, let’s go back to Sam’s Club…
So one night I was on a date to Sam’s Club and we ran into Diane and her husband who were also on a date to Sam’s Club. Hahaha! Up to this point Diane and I had just been friend’s in passing. However at Sam’s Club we made a connection. You see, before Sam’s Club we had gone roller skating on said date. And while roller skating there was some GREAT “people watching” to be done.
Diane and I spent a good 10 minutes discussing the hilariousness of what I had just witnessed at the roller-rink (story is coming I swear!), and then we decided we needed to spend the rest of our lives going roller skating together.
Once you decide to spend your life roller-rinking with someone; the friendship can only get better from there!
Patin à roulettes
That’s how you say “roller skating” in French; because you know from my BEST EVER French Toast recipe post that I totally speak French. Haha!
Let me tell you a story:
Once upon a time at the roller-rink there was a race. All the men lined up, the buzzer rang out; Boom! Off the starting line the contestants went. The competition was fierce, but alas, two gentleman in their late thirties pulled out ahead of the crowd. It was down to the two of them. Due to a lack of knoweledge int he area, we will have to make up names for these gentleman:
- Light-up Skates (we’ll call him “Light-up” for short)
- Cut Off Sleeves (“Cut-off’s” sounds like an appropriate nickname!)
As Cut-off and Light-up approached the first bend, Cut-off pulled ahead of Light-up…
But wait! he started slip in the turn. Down he went! Oh but look at that roll! He’s up again!
Now Light-up was beginning to pull ahead, his skates spinning circles of light wherever he went! Cut-off couldn’t let this happen, he dug in with everything he had and his superior leg strength brough him neck to neck with Light-up.
Alas, it wasn’t to last because in the final turn Cut-off slipped and fell once more and Light-off sped over the finish line to claim his victory.
After which, Light-up swaggered back to work as the roller-rink DJ.
Poor disgraced Cut-off could be heard telling his wife, his father-in-law, and anyone else that would listen for the remainder of the evening:
“It’s just because he has hockey-grade skates! Did you see those, those were Hockey-grade! If I had hockey-grade skates I would’ve lapped the guy. Those were hockey-grade skates!”
Did you know hockey-grade skates have light up wheels?! I learn a new thing every day…
French Bread Tips:
So here a couple fun tips from Diane to use or not use while making your French bread:
- If you grease your pan with shortening you will have a crispier crust in your French Bread. “I usually just use cooking spray though because I’m always in a hurry, and it still turns out amazing!”
- When you put the dough in the pan, shape it into a log so it cooks a little prettier, and add very shallow cuts in the top for the classic French Bread look.
- After you drizzle the butter over the dough, you can leave it plain, or sprinkle with fun stuff like minced garlic or Parmesan cheese.
Okay y’all, enough talk, Let’s EAT!
Recipe for Two Hour French Bread:
Yields 2 loaves!
- 2 Tablespoons Instant Yeast
- 2 cups WARM Water
- 1 Tablespoon Sugar
- 2 teaspoons Salt
- 4 cups Flour
- 1/3 cup Butter
- Dissolve 2 TBS Yeast with 2 cups Warm Water.
- Add 1 TBS Sugar.
- In a mixer, stir in 2 tsp Slat and 4 cups Flour.
- Mix well,
- Add extra flour as needed to make the dough soft and smooth.
- Run an extra 30 seconds to a minute in the mixer.
- Let rise until double in bulk; about 1 hour.
- Create 2 logs out of the dough and place in greased pan.
- Drizzle 1/3 cup butter over the dough.
- *Optional: Sprinkle with Garlic or Parmesan
- Bake in a 400 degree oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.