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Easy French Bread
“Actually, I can't call this one traditional French bread because it's not.” dailydelicious
300 g Bread flour
1 tsp Honey
1½ tsp Instant yeast
1 tbsp Olive oil
200 ml Water
1½ tsp coarse sea salt
Yellow cornmeal for sprinkle over the pan
2 cup Boiling water for baking
Mix olive oil, honey and water together, put flour, instant yeast and salt in the bowl, whisk to
Use large spoon (or pastry scraper) to mix everything together, and knead briefly to bring all
the ingredients together.
Take the dough out of the bowl and knead if the dough is a bit dry sprinkle with 1-2 tbsp
water, you will see the dough will be elastic.
Put the dough into a light oiled bowl.
Let the dough rise in a warm place until double in size (can be 1 hour or 1 hour and a half
check often depend on the temperature).
Place a baking paper or silicone baking mat over a sheet pan, or use a French bread pan (I
use this one), sprinkle with the yellow cornmeal.
Divide the dough into 2 pieces.
Roll into balls and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
Press the ball lightly and shape into a long oval, do the same with another ball.
Use the side of your hand press the center of the dough, and roll again, do it 2-3 times until
you get a desired length.
Place the shaped dough over a prepared pan.
Let the dough rise until almost double in size, about 30 minutes.
Preheat the oven 220 °C and place a roasting pan in the lowest shelf of the oven.
With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of each
Put the bread into the oven and pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, bake for 10
Reduce the heat to 200 °C bake for an additional 10 minutes, or until bread golden.
Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.
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