So imagine my surprise when a few years ago, in my kitchen in Minnesota, my mother-in-law looks at that same card and asks, “Where did you get this recipe? This isn’t my french bread recipe.” I would never accuse my wonderful mother-in-law of anything sinister but can anyone say…. sabotage?
This easy french bread recipe is just dang amazing and it is what I deliver to all our friends every year for Christmas. I have made a few slight changes to the original recipe over the years I’ve been baking it because I wanted a chewier interior and a better crust.
The main question I get asked all the time about making homemade French bread is if the bread flour is important. Um….YOU BETCHA! That higher gluten content is what gives you a better crust as well as a chewier texture so just grab that bread flour next time instead and enjoy the end results.
Anyone who has a history of bread-making knows that experience is what will give you the perfect loaf of bread. After making many batches, you learn what your dough should feel like and how to work with it, so keep at it and you will get better with each batch! If you don’t have french bread pans, you can form them on cookie sheets, but the result isn’t quite the same. Your loaves turn out a bit flat and without the air holes on the bottom, they don’t get as good of a crust. There are many pans on the market that make a wider loaf that remind me more of an Italian loaf, so I suggest the thinner baguette size for a true french bread.
Looking for another amazing homemade bread recipe? How about my recipe for the Best Homemade Wheat Bread!
Homemade french bread is the best! Each baguette is crunchy on the outside with a soft, chewy texture on the inside.
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