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Soft French Bread Recipe

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This french bread is one of my favorite things to make.  My friend gave it to me a few years ago.  I don’t have a great track record with homemade bread so I was a little apprehensive the first time I tried it.  But, it turned out so good and instantly became a family favorite!  It is soft and light and tastes perfect as a side for soup or pasta.

Soft French Bread

2 1/2 cups warm water

2 Tbsp. sugar

2 Tbsp. yeast

3 Tbsp. canola oil

1 tsp. salt

5 1/2 cups flour

Mix the water, sugar and yeast together.  Let it stand for 10 minutes until yeast is dissolved.  It will be frothy and bubbly.

Add the rest of the ingredients.  Make sure to add the flour slowly.  You might need a little less or a little more.  I add a little flour and then mix for a minute and then add a little more until the dough looks right.  You will want it to pull away from the sides of the bowl when mixing and be slightly sticky.

Place the dough in a bowl and cover.  Let it rise for ten minutes and then gently punch the dough down in bowl.  Do this for two more times for a a total of 3 punch downs and 30 minutes of rising time.

Split dough in half and shape into two loaves.  Place them on a greased baking sheet.  I will usually freeze half the dough in a freezer bag to use for another dinner.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 22-25 minutes.  Once it’s done cooking brush with butter to make the crust soft. Slice and serve.  ENJOY!

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