4-Ingredient French Bread

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Did you know that you can make fresh, hot, delicious French bread using just four simple ingredients and about 5 minutes of “effort”? And by effort I mean, a 5-year-old could make this.
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Two different types of yeast are commonly found at the grocery store these days. Back in the day when a person made bread they needed to proof the yeast first. What this meant is that you combine the liquid with a sweetener of some sort, such as honey or sugar and then add the yeast. It was allowed to rest for 5-10 minutes until doubled in size.

However, these days there is a rapid rise yeast that does not need to “proof,” in fact, you’re not supposed to mix it directly with liquids at all!

So, with that bit of information out there, we’re going to give you two different sets of directions, dependent entirely on the type of yeast that you opt to use.

You’ll notice that we don’t flour the counter & make a mess with this recipe, instead, we overturn the dough directly onto a Silpat.If you’re unfamiliar with that item, a Silpat is a silicone baking mat that turns just about any pan into a non-stick surface.

You’ll Need:
1½ cups warm water 120-130F
1 Tablespoon honey
1½ teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon Active Dry Yeast
4 cups flour

Combine water, honey, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 mins until there is foam on top.

Measure the flour, stir in the salt and add the mixture to the yeast, mixing until all flour is incorporated and no longer sticky.

Cover with a towel and let it rise for 20 minutes.

Use a spatula to scrape down the bowl, then overturn it onto a pan lined with a Silpat and gently shape into a log. (Cover it with a clean kitchen towel while the oven preheats, remove towel before baking)

Preheat the oven to 400F

Bake 16-20 minutes.

Rapid Rise Yeast Version

You’ll Need
:
1½ cups warm water 120-130F
1 Tablespoon honey
1½ teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon Active Rapid Rise Dry Yeast (aka Bread Machine Yeast)
4 cups flour

In a bowl combine flour, salt, and yeast, mixing well. In a liquid measuring cup, dissolve the honey in the warm water and add it to the flour mixture.

Knead until shiny and no longer sticky.

Cover with a towel and let it rise for 20 minutes.

Use a spatula to scrape down the bowl, then overturn it onto a pan lined with a Silpat and gently shape into a log. (Cover it with a clean kitchen towel while the oven preheats, remove towel before baking)

Preheat the oven to 400F

Bake 16-20 minutes.

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Melissa Burnell, known to her friends and fans as "Liss," grew up in Southern Maine, now residing in sunny South Carolina. As a busy Wife, Mother of two sons, an avid photographer, and self-employed entrepreneur, Liss understands the value of both time and money.

5 Comments

  1. I want to make the 4 ingred.french bread, Im confused on the last step. It says to cover with a towel and then bake. Do u bake it with the towel on?

    • I want to make the 4 ingred.french bread, Im confused on the last step. It says to cover with a towel and then bake. Do u bake it with the towel on?

      I don’t know if you saw, but the recipe now says to remove towel before baking. 🙂

    • What type of flour do you use? Bread flour, all-purpose,…?

      Whichever you want, doesn’t matter. We used All-purpose in the video.

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