Friday, November 4, 2011

Easy French Bread / Baguette

Easy French Bread

I'm so happy to find out this simple French bread recipe. Love the crunchy and crispy crust (while hot) , soft and chewy inside..



Easy French Bread


I can use the same recipe make into my favourite baguette next time which need to make longer in shape...The texture and taste of this French bread is very close to Delifrance's French bread, which slightly salty in taste..

Easy French Bread


I also use the new French bread pan that i bought from "taobao online"...

Easy French Bread


Easy French Bread


Easy French Bread


Easy French Bread

Easy French Bread


I'm not sure if we use the normal baking pan instead French bread pan will have difference result or not, need to find out this answer one day..



Easy French Bread
(recipe source: adapted from dailydelicious )

Easy French Bread300g bread flour / high protein flour
1tsp honey
1 and 1/2tsp instant yeast
1tbsp Olive oil
200ml water
1 and 1/2tsp coarse sea salt

Some yellow cornmeal, for dusting and sprinkle over the pan
2 cups boiling water, for baking

Method
1. Mix olive oil, honey and water together in a bowl.
2. Put flour, instant yeast and salt in the mixing bowl, whisk to combine.
3. Slowly add in water mixture (No 1) into flour mixture(No 2), knead till elastic dough. Keep aside to rise until double size.
4. Place a baking paper or silicone baking mat over a sheet pan, or use a French bread pan (I use this one), sprinkle with the yellow cornmeal.
5. Divide the dough into 3 pieces.
6. Roll into balls and let the dough rest for 10 minutes.
7. Press the ball lightly and shape into a long oval, do the same with another ball.( I dusting the worktop with yellow cornmeal too)
8. Use the side of your hand press the center of the dough, and roll again (do it 2-3 times until you get a desired length )
9. Place the shaped dough over a prepared pan.
10. Let the dough rise until almost double in size, about 30 minutes.
11. Preheat the oven 220°C and place a roasting pan in the lowest shelf of the oven.
12. With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of each loaf. Put the bread into the oven and pour the boiling water into the roasting pan, bake for 10 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack.




Easy French Bread

I made this bread into garlic bread and serve with creamy mushroom soup, they are very good!


Easy French Bread


Easy French Bread

Ya, can anyone tell me how to frozen the unbake French bread? I planning to make more of this bread and store in the freezer for later consume. Thanks!

66 comments:

anne said...

Sonia , that looks absolutely beautiful ! That french bread's way better looking than the one you can see in some high-end bakery ;) You can wrap it up in foil/plastic and put it in ziploc bag and freeze it. Few years ago , I saw some frozen Delifrance french bread at our local supermarket and my friend bought some and reheated it , it taste good , she said , so I guess it's ok to freeze yours ;D

sean said...

这法国面包的卖相,
真的有比外面卖的还美咧!
尤其放在这么简朴又不失高雅的篮子里。

美。美的

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Hi Anne, Thanks for your advise. By the way, do i need to proof the bread first or slightly bake it first then only store in the freezer? i want to store something like Delifrance frozen bread. Thanks.

anne said...

Hey Sonia , you can freeze both dough and the baked one . Here's one of the link http://www.ehow.com/how_7315140_freeze-french-bread.html

Mieza said...

sonia dear..this bread is absolutely tempting..but allow me to ask..when baking this bread i notice that u put 2 bowls of water in the oven..why? what's the secret? definitely will give a try!

Mel said...

Very beautiful French loaf you have made. I never knew we have to use special baking pan for baking this loaf. It is always good to make homemade bread!

Li Shuan said...

Wow, this french bread is very well made. Looks so good. Even better with the topping ..yummmm...

My Little Space said...

Whoa Sonia, your oven is so big that's just fit perfectly for homemade french bread. So envy. hehe.... The bread looks perfect as well.
Hope you're having a great day.
Kristy

Ah Tze said...

Sonia, this is a beautiful homemade french bread!! It looks so tempting!

Angie's Recipes said...

Beautiful baguette! I have the same baking pan ;-)

鲸鱼蓝蓝蓝 said...

呵呵
我都不知道自己什么时候可以开始做这个
最主要是没有那个模:P

Anh said...

wow! The breads look awesome

Ann@Anncoo Journal said...

Your homemade French bread look so perfect. Will get the bread pan when I'm going to make this one day :)

Anonymous said...

Your French bread looks very yummy.

The link that you have where you bought the bread pan - taobao online... the pan showed on their web is for 4 loafs whereas yours is for 3... I can't read chinese... the price listed.. what currency is that and what's the size of your pan ?!

I don't have such a big oven as yours and I don't want to buy and end up too big !

Thank you and Blessings
Christine

Radhika said...

Oh My gosh. They look so stunning as they do in some high end bakeries here Sonia. Thanks for sharing this wonderful bread with us. Why the need for water inside the oven. Any particular reason.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Mieza and Radhika, put the boiling water is to create steam and resulted a thinner crust.

The Experimental Cook said...

Oh my! You really tempt me with these awesome looking baguette. If only I can find a super sharp knife to score the bread!
Love the bread holder.

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Christine, not realized that now they selling 4 loafs, i think mine is old model. The currency is Chinese Renminbi..My pan size is 9.5x 11.5"..

yummylittlecooks said...

I really like all your bakes, they are stunning :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Sonia,
I hv been looking around in klang to buy this French bread, but couldnt find, do u know where to get in klang, because my canned goose liver fr france is left idling in kitchen store & awaiting this baguette to come in.tq.

Somewhere in Singapore said...

I loves bread, but the bread i eat, all buy from outside...

Small Kucing said...

even these looks very good already

Sonia (Nasi Lemak Lover) said...

Anonymous, you can find Baguette in Jusco or Tesco.

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

Much easier for me to buy my baguettes from the Artisan Boulangerie down the Road !! I do make bread quite often but I cannot compete with the experts here :) Diane

爱丝特 said...

Sonia, is this your 1st time baking french bread? They look good!

Balakrishna Saraswathy said...

wow Sonia the bread looks so tasty and soft:)

mycookinghut said...

OH wow! I think I want to give this a go! Looks really good!

cookingvarieties said...

ho sonia, wow! this is great, i dont think its easy to make the best french loaf.. only a selected few bakeries sell real good ones.. need to try this out

Happy Flour said...

Nicely baked baguette! I must go and look for this baguette baking tray already.

Priti said...

Looks just so perfect .....yum

ICook4Fun said...

We love French Baguette but will usually get a loaf from the bakery. Your baguette looks really good. I want to get tbe Baguette baking pan too :)

Vivian Pang said...

Nice French loaf you have. Nicely baked!

wendyywy @ Table for 2..... or more said...

Having these warm from the oven is so nice.
Sometimes those from supermarkets can be used as baton to whack people, LOL.

julie said...

Perfectly done..just like the store brought ones......Delicious n soft!

Elin said...

Sonia...this easy french bread looks good. I must try to get that baguette baking tray. Making making baguette easier. Those sold at the supermarkets are hard and dry...haha like what Wendy described , can use it to whack people :) Thanks for sharing this easy french bread .

Ambreen said...

Looks fabulous, so professional & perfect!

lena said...

sonia, i also made some baguettes and you post it up first.hehe..bw, what difference does that french pan give compared to the normal pan? is it for crustier loaves? i'm not too sure about the question you asked abt the freezing part but if i want to freeze them, i guess i'll just bake them and freeze them later.

Jane Chew said...

well done! I made 3 rolls yesterday. One for my husband for lunch, And one for my 2kids for lunch as well. The last one for our breakfast this morning. This recipe is very simple compare to mine. Must try out as soon as possible.

Min said...

Sonia, you got the pan! So nice...I love french bread, especially to eat with butter and garlic, yummy!

Jes's Deli Corner said...

My favourite baguette. i always buy baguette and store it in freezer in the tupperware, the bakery owner taught me. will try your recipe, thks for sharing

Little Corner of Mine said...

You have many gadget! Your baguette looks like store bought, well done!

Uma said...

I started to chat with Mr.yeast few weeks before and now only he is coming under my control. lol . I made basic bread recipe and it was success. I am bookmarking this.

Cooking Gallery said...

Those baguettes look just like the ones I usually see in bakeries! You're a fantastic baker!!

To Food With Love said...

These baguettes look beautiful! I can see how crisp the crust is, and the nice soft texture inside. Looks better than some of the ones I've seen! I can almost smell it even! :p~~~~

divya said...

breads look awesome....

eencyweency said...

You made you own french bread?wow!Your home made bread must've taste really2 good!

Anonymous said...

请问那个面包模在那里买到?多少钱?

travellingfoodies said...

nice work! very professional looking!

can imagine the bread to be really crusty on the outside but soft and fluffy inside. Can't wait for you to experiment with the regular method without using the french pan and let us know the difference!

Nami | Just One Cookbook said...

You made such gorgeous French baguettes!! It is truly my dream. I really want to bake those one day by myself (I actually tried 3 times last year with my friend at my house!!). I can finish the whole bread per meal. I'm so crazy about French baguette. Great job Sonia! Beautiful work!

ping said...

Gosh, Sonia. Your loaves look perfect! I really have to get myself those pans. I'd made mine without those to hold it into shape and they turned out slightly out of shape and senget. The insides and taste was good tho. Will try out this recipe as well. Bread recipes are always good for me :D

Joelyn said...

when i look it at outside.....
(haven't click in)

my mind's was thinking this :
"Garlic Bread"!!!

my favourite & lovely bread :)

kitchen flavours said...

Your baguette is perfectly baked! I love baguettes! I have been looking round for the baguette pan for quite sometime already! Thanks for the link! You are an amazing baker!

Belly Good Cooking said...

Your french bread looks very very much better than the ones in Delifrance!! Well Done. :)

Gloria said...

Sonia I love to make baguettes but I want try your recipe look awesome!!! gloria

Gloria said...

after read all the recipe I want to make these lovely baguettes! gloria

My Asian Kitchen said...

this french bread really look pro!! like the color and shape!! thanks for sharing!! maybe I should try one day!!

Dzoli said...

There si very little among breads that can even this out:)

Reva said...

Bread looks superb..:)
Well done..
Reva

Jessie-CookingMoments said...

Hi Sonia, the other day saw this post of yours but didn't have time to write something to you. Just want to say that your baguette looks very pro!I like bread, like smelling them, like eating them & by just looking at your baguette, I'm salivating, and I'm not exaggerating with what I'm saying. Love those pictures that you've taken too!

Alice said...

baguette dipped in mushroom soup...u make me hungry Sonia :)

Colin Woon said...

One of my favorite bread! Your description of the bread is enough to make me drool!

Anonymous said...

sonia,
how u bought tat mold from 淘宝网 ?
thanks

Nate @ House of Annie said...

Beautiful bread. You've given me a real craving for mushroom soup and garlic bread now!

li said...

Thanks for the recipe. I successfully baked the bread using this recipe and the shaping methods from these youtube videos

King arthur flour

http://www.kingarthurflour.com/professional/videos.html

Viva la foccacia
(recipe in English, the video is in Italian - I use google translate)

http://vivalafocaccia.com/en/2010/02/07/la-video-ricetta-delle-baguette/

Chef Laszlo Gyomrey video in Spanish but you can understand the video from his clear actions.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k7F5t3bL43Y&feature=plcp

Do check out these videos if you're interested.
I love using your recipes because I know you have tested them out. Thanks again.

rizza said...

i make one of this why is it yours was way bigger than mine,btw i use warm water is it because of that? and i dont have that kind of pan..pls help i followed the recipe it looks like baguette from inside to out but its so small when it came out. of oven i also followed the proofing time..

cody said...

This is a very good & easy french bread recipe. I love french cooking

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