Easy 3-Step French Loaf

 French Loaf via elisebakesI whipped up a loaf of this French bread a couple nights ago; it was delicious! It had a light, crispy crust and tender inside.  It was really big, so you could half it or divide it into two loaves (even three) if you wanted!  On top of that, it was so easy to make – just three steps!.  If you don’t have a breadmaker and want to prepare this traditionally, well then it becomes a bit less simple. French Loaf via elisebakes
 French Loaf via elisebakesEasy French Loaf (from food.com): French Loaf via elisebakes

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 1/2 tsp fast rising yeast)
  1. Place ingredients in bread machine in the order called for by breadmaker instruction booklet (water on bottom, then dry ingredients, yeast sprinkled on top). Set for dough.
  2. Remove dough and form into loaf on floured surface without punching down.  Placed on greased cookie sheet (or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper) and allow to rise 1 hour.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350. French Loaf via elisebakes

Wondering what that yummy pasta you see up there is?  It’s homemade alfredo sauce tossed with sauteed garlic and tomatoes..delicious!

Breadmaker Sandwich Bread

Sandwich Bread via elisebakes

I finally broke out the breadmaker and put it to use last week.  First up: sandwich bread.  I used the recipe listed in the booklet included with the machine and it turned out great.  It had a great texture and density, but was a tad salty.  Needless to say, we manage to polish off the whole loaf before the next morning.sandwichbread4sandwichbread2

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  • 1 cup milk
  • 3 tbsp. sour cream
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  1. Remove bread pan from breadmaker and add milk, sour cream, and oluive oil to it.
  2. In a bowl, mix flour, sugar, and salt together with a whisk.
  3. Add to breadmaker on top of wet ingredients, covering them entirely.
  4. Make a small well in the dry ingredients and add the yeast.
  5. Return bread pan to breadmaker, close lid, and run on basic setting.  I had my crust set to medium.
  6. When cycle is finished, remove bread pan from machine and let it cool.  Remove loaf from breadpan and enjoy!sandwichbread

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