I Love French Bread!
I love the taste, texture and the versitile ways that it can be used in recipes.
I love to make it into French Bread Pizza and have it on busy home school days.
Here is the recipe:
11 to 12 oz of warm water
1 1/2 teaspoons of salt
1 1/2 Tablespoons of oil (canola or vegetable)
4 cups of flour ( I use bread flour)
1 Tablespoon of sugar
1 Tablespoon of Yeast
(If you do not want to use a bread machine- just
knead with a stand mixer or with your hands and let rise)
I make my bread in a bread machine.
Just add wet ingredients first and top with dry ones.
Hit the setting for dough. This will take about an hour and a half to cycle and the dough will be ready for forming into loaves. This recipe will make two large loaves or three small. It will make 6 sub rolls. I cut slits into the loaves and brush with egg and let rise about 30 mins.
Bake at 375 degrees about 12-15 mins on parchment paper until golden brown and then brush with melted butter.
Once the bread cools slice down the middle long way to create half slices. One large loaf created 4 french bread pizza slices.
In a small bowl you will add 1 can of tomatoe paste, Italian and garlic seasoning to taste, and a little water to make the paste smooth and about double in size.
No need to heat this it will get hot in the oven!
I create my pizza by smoothing the sauce onto the bread with the back of a spoon and I add large pepperonis and provolone cheese slices and sprinkle more Italian seasonings on top and broil on high until it starts to brown.
If you do not want to bake your own bread you can by a loaf at your local deli and apply the same technique.
Try adding peppers, onions, mushrooms, chicken, and vegetables to your creations.
Got a CROWD coming over? Make a pizza buffet and let them create their own pizzas!
I make mine into french toast for the kiddos.
Cut across into slices about 2 inches thick and dip into a egg, milk and cinnoman bath and let soak for a couple of mins.
Add a little bit of butter to a pan and cook your toast until golden brown. Serve with powdered sugar, syrup, raw honey or berries.
Other ways that I used my french bread is to make it into smaller loaves and use it for sub rolls that we can eat on busy school days, picnics or nights were I just don't feel like cooking a large meal. (that would be almost every night). ha ha
This french bread is wonderful served warm with peanut butter.
How does it taste? You will never want any other french bread after you make this recipe. :)
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