After my first foray into yeast, I knew bread wouldn’t be far behind. Most of the recipes I’ve seen on pinterest have included a breadmaker, which I don’t have, but I did see a recipe for quick French Bread, so I thought I’d start with that, keep things simple the first time around.
I ran into a small problem right away when I found out I only had one packet of yeast left, and the recipe called for the equivalent of two, and I really didn’t want to make a grocery store run. So instead of making two loaves, I just split the recipe in half and made one. Probably better that way, anyway – there’s no way we could go through two loaves before it went bad (although I did plan on making french toast…and croque monsieur…and bread pudding…if I needed to use up bread).
The recipe and prep was quite easy for this recipe. Although I didn’t think the dough had risen much, the loaf itself looked great, so I must have done something right. I boiled some pasta and we had the bread on the side for dinner. Being incredibly self-critical, I thought it was a little chewy/tough (just a little) and a bit dense, but Stephen loved it, or at least said he did.
I think the bread turned out a little soft for croque monsieur and french toast, but maybe if I let it stale up a bit….
I’ve made this loaf several times now, and it is remarkably easy to make, but I think it’s nearly time to try a new bread recipe. Anyone have any suggestions? Please leave me a comment and share your favorite bread recipe!
(I am horribly behind on my Personal Kitchen Challenge updates. I’ve been doing one every week, for the most part, I just haven’t posted any! I’ll catch up soon, I promise!)