Soft French Bread
Here’s a great recipe for a simple, softer style french bread. This works great for dips, for turning into garlic bread to serve with dinner, or just plain ol bread and butter to snack on.
You will need:
2 c warm water (100 degrees or so)
2 heaping tsp active dry yeast
4-5 c all purpose flour
1 T salt
In a bowl with a lid, mix together water and yeast. Let sit 5 minutes until yeast has activated. Add 4 cups flour, and salt, and mix with a wooden spoon until dough forms, adding more flour if necessary. Remove dough to a floured surface and knead until a ball forms. Place back into bowl and cover with lid. Let rise until doubled, about 1 hour, depending on the temperature of your home.
Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Remove dough from bowl, cut into desired pieces (2 or 3 loaves) and shape into long loaves. Place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and cover with a kitchen towel. After loaves have risen about 20-30 minutes, score the tops and bake 15-20 minutes. Remove and enjoy warm from the oven!