Next time you need a quick-to-prepare french bread, try this favorite go-to recipe for Crusty French Bread. Not only is it mouthwatering right out of the oven, it’s denser than airy store-bought french bread, so garlic butter doesn’t seep through to make it soggy. You are going to love the texture, and it only takes minutes to prepare.
- 2 Tbsp. yeast
- ⅓ cup water
- 2 Tbsp. oil
- 2 Tbsp. sugar
- 1 Tbsp. salt
- 1 cup boiling water
- 1 cup cold water
- 5-6 cups flour
- Egg white, slightly beaten
- Dissolve yeast in ⅓ cup water. Place oil, sugar and salt in large bowl. Add boiling water. Add cold water.
- Blend in yeast. Add flour gradually.
- Mix well. Knead 5 min. Let rise; punch down; shape into two loaves.
- Place on well-greased baking sheet.
- Cut 3 diagonal cuts into top. Let rise. Brush with egg white.
- Bake 10 min at 400 until crusty and brown. Reduce heat to 350 and bake 20-30 min.
- To serve: Spread with garlic butter: Mix ¼ cup grated Parmesan cheese, 1 tablespoon minced parsley, and ½ teaspoon paprika and spread over each slice. Wrap bread in foil and heat at 350 until butter is melted.
How many ways can you think of to serve french bread?
Of course, you can top this simple french bread in dozens of different ways. Dust on a few sesame seeds right after you brush with egg wash. Shake on a little of your favorite Italian seasoning, or brush with garlic butter before serving.
French bread is delicious with so many different toppings, but around here, a favorite way to prepare the bread is by turning it into a french bread pizza. Click here to find some delicious options created by Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman.
Another delicious option is homemade bruschetta, which is one of our go-to dishes for wedding catering. Fore this recipe, you’ll form the dough into narrow baguettes rather than full loaves.
Of course, you can also simply pair it with your favorite Sunday Meal for a quick but delicious dinner. Feel free to substitute half of the flour with whole wheat flour as well if you want a little more whole grain in your life.