Easy french bread

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5 servings
Very Easy
55 min

Ingredients

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Preparation

Preparation15 min
Cook time40 min
  • Mix olive oil, honey and water together, put flour, instant yeast and salt in the bowl, whisk to combine.
  • 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 tablespoon 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, 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 loaf. Put the bread into the oven and pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, bake for 10 minutes.
  • 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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