I am still working on making breads this year. I actually made this bread months ago and forgot to write it up. But fresh bread is great any time. This is a French bread that bakes a little different from the other breads I have made this year. I don't think mine turned out that pretty but it tasted really good, especially with a little butter.
I couldn't wait to cut it and try it with some butter while it was warm. Because I cut it so soon it got a little smooshed on bottom. When It had cooled a little more later on it cut easier and looked much better.
Easy French Bread Recipe
1/4 cup warm water 105-110 degrees
1 pkg yeast 2 1/4 teaspoon
1 teaspoon sugar
31/2-4 cups all purpose flour
1 Tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup plus 2 Tablespoons warm water
1 egg white + 1Tablespoon water
Preheat oven to 300. Place rising bread and pan of hot water. Turn oven off. Let rise 20 minutes. Remove pan of water. Turn oven on to 425 and bake bread for 10 minutes. Reduce heat to 375 and bake for 6-8 minutes longer.