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Wednesday, October 15, 2008

One-Hour French Bread

~Sadge at Firesign Farm
Do what you can, when you can. When I was working full-time in one town, going to school part-time in another, and living in a third, sometimes getting a hot meal on the table was almost more than I could think of. This is one of my favorite recipes; bread in one hour - from getting the bowl out of the cupboard to taking hot bread out of the oven. I could put a pot of soup together in that time, and dinner was served!

From my blog: Aries was off today, and this afternoon said he'd cook spaghetti and meatballs for dinner tonight. We had just about everything ready to go. I had a big batch of meatballs and bell peppers in the freezer, jars of tomatoes, tomato sauce, and tomato paste from last summer's harvest, onions and garlic in the pantry, and lots of other veggies in the refrigerator. He also wanted garlic bread, so I said I'd make my One-Hour French Bread.

One hour is total time from getting the bowl out of the cupboard until a fresh hot loaf comes out of the oven. Lots of time, our dinner is this bread and some home-made soup. Sorry I couldn't get a photo of the loaf right out of the oven - Aries just loves hot fresh bread!

One-Hour French Bread
1½ cups warm water
1 tablespoon honey
1½ teaspoons salt
1½ tablespoons Active Dry Yeast
3 - 4 cups flour (any combination of white and whole wheat)

Preheat oven 450ยบ. Combine water, salt, honey, and yeast in a medium bowl. Let sit 5 - 10 minutes, until bubbling. Add flour, stirring with a wooden spoon, until dough is no longer sticky (I'll sometimes dump the dough out onto the cutting board with what flour is in the bowl and roll it around,adding a bit more flour, until it's not sticky). Roll dough into a 12 - 14" roll (or you can divide it in half and roll it into two long skinny baguettes). Place dough roll(s) on a cookie sheet (this won't work in a bread pan), greased or sprayed with non-stick spray, cover, and let sit 20 minutes. Make diagonal slits, 1/2" deep, on top with a razor blade. (Optional: spray with salt water). Bake 20 minutes.

20 comments:

heather said...

this is perfect and wonderful! i am trying it tonight. :)

thank you

Anonymous said...

I've never cooked bread before and this recipe is something I feel that I could manage :) Thank you

Kez said...

I can vouch for this recipe - I found it on Sadge's blog a few months ago, and it is wonderful!

Julie said...

I can vouch for it too! Thanks for posting this Sadge, I found it via Kez and we make it all the time :-)

Amber@MMM said...

Thank you so much for posting this--I made it tonight for dinner!

We had homemade cream of mushroom soup with chicken served over elbow macaroni with steamed white corn and your lovely whole wheat French Bread.

Thanks again!

Caryn said...

I am going to give this one a shot. Yeast and I fight but I may have a chance with this one lol!

Thank you for the recipe!

Maggie said...

I think it is great to have a collection of 1 hour recipes.
Most of us want to prepare good healthy food quickly and without too much fuss.

Paula said...

I just made this & it is out of this world!! I slathered on lots of butter, rubbed a garlic clove over the slice and then grated Parmesan cheese over it. Half the loaf is gone already and there is only 2 of us! LOL!

I put a pan of water in the oven on the rack below the loaf. Makes it crispy on the outside and soft on the inside.

Thanks Sadge! Is going in my folder as a keeper!

Liz said...

Mmm. I tried this this morning and it was great, and just as simple as advertised :D Will be making again!

Zoe said...

Just tried it a couple nights ago, and it was delish! Thanks for the great (and sooo quick) recipe!

Momma said...

Had this with dinner tonight. The entire family loves it! Thanks for sharing.

Mandi Koss said...

Is the baking time 450 for 20 minutes correct? When I made this tonight, after 15minutes, the bottom charred and was black. I just had to scrape the burned part off with a knife and it was fine. Maybe my temperature gauge is messed up.

Sadge said...

450 for 20 minutes is correct. Having a very hot pre-heated oven makes it rise a bit more. Your gauge or timer might be off. You'll just have to adjust the recipe for your oven - try a bit lower setting, or maybe raising the oven rack to the middle.

walterandveronica said...

do you use all-purpose flour or bread flour?

Sadge said...

I use regular flour - usually 1 cup whole wheat stirred in first, then adding 1 more cup whole wheat and 1 cup unbleached white stirred into the bowl and a bit more white to roll it around on the counter (too much kneading, or adding too much flour can make this bread tough - mix it fast and just until it doesn't stick).

Heather said...

This is such nice, thick bread! What would the salt water do?

sUsAn said...

Thank you so much for posting this recipe! I made it last night for my family. http://www.flickr.com/photos/imaginecreativenamehere/3268162136/

samcarter said...

I bake mine at 350, for 20-30 minutes, until it's browned enough. It's perfect that way.

Christina said...

was looking for some super quick bread for a dinner w friends the other night. made yours and it got rave reviews. thanks!

Natural as can be said...

I have finally found the perfect french bread recipe! This is beyond delish! Thanks for sharing!