Quick and Easy French Bread {recipe}

Sometimes I wonder if I have multiple personalities.

Most of the time, I am anti-domestic.

  • I don’t like to clean,
  • I tolerate laundry,
  • and I would highly prefer to not be in the kitchen.

{The only domestic task I don’t mind is loading/unloading the dishwasher – and I think that’s because it’s like a puzzle.}

But yesterday, I not only spent over an hour in the kitchen – I actually did so of my own volition!

The majority of my time in the kitchen was spent making and baking Chocolate Chip and M&M Cookies {from scratch}, but I also decided to make some homemade French bread.

Quick and Easy French Bread

Quick and Easy French Bread

  1. After lunch, I pulled out my bread machine {best $5 ever spent!!} to mix up the dough {using the dough setting}:
    • 4 cups of flour
    • 1 1/2 cups of water
    • 2 tsp of salt
    • 2 tsp of dry yeast
  2. 30 minutes before I was ready to bake the bread, I preheated the oven to 450 degrees {Fahrenheit}.
  3. I split the dough into two pieces and formed each into a long loaf.
  4. I then placed the loaves on a greased baking pan and covered them with a moist towel until the oven was heated.
  5. Just before baking, I sprayed the loaves with cooking spray {I use vegetable oil}.
  6. I baked the loaves about 20 minutes {until just starting to brown}, and removed them from the pan when they came out of the oven.

There is nothing quite like a freshly baked loaf of bread!

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  • Jen

    :) i love how the Lord gifts all of us with different passions. I spend at least an hour, probably more like 2-3 hours in the kitchen every day. i love it :)

    • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

      Isn’t it interesting?!? I think it’s the Body of Christ played out in everyday life… some are hands, some are feet, some are ears, etc.

  • Les Eve

    You sound just like me with the cleaning, etc. I also made some break for Easter for the family. It was so good. I might try this recipe today! Thanks.

  • http://aboverubies.net/ jasmine

    Love it. The more we do it – the easier it becomes. Great feeling. I also want to thank you for contributing to Intentional by Grace – Surrendered Marriage. So encouraging.

  • http://www.KindaWonderful.typepad.com/ Melissa

    Wow, Ashley, this sounds delish!  I wonder if it would be as good with whole wheat?  I am trying to switch us over completely to whole wheat.  I love being in the kitchen, but could *definitely* do without the laundry. :P  So fun getting to “meet” you through UBP!

    Melissa~

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  • http://www.thekennedyadventures.com/ Dianna Kennedy

    I just want to know how you snagged a bread machine for $5! Goodwill? Thrift store? Yard sale?

    • http://blog.ashleypichea.com Ashley Pichea

      Yard Sale for the win! :)