Nothing is more versatile than a nice, warm loaf of french bread. It pairs well with so many different dinners that it’s definitely a staple in our home. Today we our having it with my homemade recipe for Creamy Tomato and Spinach Penne Pasta. The french bread goes really well with this pasta dish because it has a thick, creamy sauce perfect for dipping your bread in. You can tell from this picture how light and flaky this bread turned out. So much better than store bought!
In fact, once you try this bread, I bet you’ll never want to buy store bought again. Besides, only making your bread at home gives you the satisfaction of getting to see it rise. Not to mention the wonderful smells that fill your home as it bakes in the oven. Your family will thank you!
Most of the time that goes into this recipe is passive time, which means you don’t even have to do anything! Just let your yeast rest for ten minutes with a bit of sugar and warm water until it becomes thick and frothy.
Then when it’s ready to go, transfer it to the bowl of your stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment. Add in the salt and oil allowing the mixer to stir together all the ingredients. Gradually add in the flour and knead for seven to ten minutes.
Shape the dough into a long loaf and let it rise on a baking sheet lined with a silpat for 30-45 minutes. I would definitely recommend placing the dough on a silpat to ensure it doesn’t stick to the pan. Then Bake it in the oven, preheated to 375 degrees for about 30 minutes or until golden brown and crispy.
This french bread is so good on it’s own, but if it can also be made into a delicious cajun bread. Enjoy!