Garlic French Bread

Not a lot of people I’ve met know how to make their own bread. It’s so easy! Give it a try.

You will need…

3 cups of all purpose flour
2 tablespoons of vegetable oil
2 teaspoons of sugar
1 teaspoon of salt
1 packet of active yeast
One head of garlic
One egg
PAM
Water
Garlic salt (optional)

Add one cup of hot water to the yeast until is dissolved.

Add flour, oil, sugar, salt and yeast mixture together in bowl. Combine until doughy. Add water as needed until consistency is dough-like. It should not be sticky to the touch, but if kneaded, it should become sticky.

Flour the surface that you wish to knead the dough on. Knead dough for about 5 minutes, folding it in on itself repeatedly.

Let the dough sit while you wash out the bowl that it was made in. It helps the dough to sit temporarily and it’s good for the dough to rise in a warm bowl.

After washing out the bowl, knead the dough a few more times. Grease the bowl with PAM or something similar and set the dough in the bowl. Cover it with something (I use a grocery bag) and place somewhere warm (under a light).

Let the dough rise for an hour. Then take it out, reflour a surface and knead it again for about 10 minutes.

Re-grease the bowl as needed, and place it back in the bowl to rise for about 45 minutes.

Chop the garlic (however much, how garlicy do you want it?) into fine chunks (or large, your preference!) and set aside.

Knead the dough once again.  Add in your chopped garlic and knead it into the dough. Separate the dough into two chunks and knead them into loafs. Once you have two french loafs formed, run your hand down the middle of each of them to form a crevice  and pinch the tops around the crevice.

Allow the bread to sit, one last time, on the pan for about 15 minutes. While waiting, combine one egg white, 2 tablespoons of water and garlic salt (as needed). Whisk until thorough. Brush this on top of the bread before putting into the oven.

Bake at 375° for 30 minutes or until golden brown.

Eat!

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