French Bread Recipe (Bread Machine)

*this recipe was originally posted May 11, 2010

I am a bread lover through and through. This version of French bread is rustic and beautiful. Not to mention incredibly easy with the help of a bread machine. If you love your bread machine as much as I do, this recipe is a must! (If you don't own a bread machine, check out a few yard sales this spring/summer. You'll find at least one for probably between $2 and $10. worth it.) Your family will love you forever. 

French Bread Recipe (Bread Machine)
recipe from my bread machine recipe book
Makes 1 loaf (serves 7-10)

1 cup plus 2 Tbsp water
2 tsp margarine or butter, softened
3 1/4 cups flour
1 Tbsp sugar
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 3/4 tsp regular active or bread machine or quick acting yeast 

Add ingredients in the order listed--creating a well in the flour to add sugar, salt, and yeast. Place pan in machine and select "dough" cycle. 

When cycle is complete turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Form into a 15x5 inch rectangle. Roll up along the longest length of the dough, pinching after each roll. Place dough log on a large baking sheet. Make 3-4 shallow diagonal slits in the dough. Cover with a light cloth and let rise 30-60 minutes, or until double. Bake at 425 degrees for 20 minutes or until loaf is lightly browned and sounds hollow when tapped. 

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