Basic French Bread

This is a go to recipe for me, it rises fast, looks amazing and tastes delicious! It goes well with any meal and makes great French toast the next morning!

In your mixer add all of the ingredients except for the flour.

Turn the mixer on low and slowly add 6 cups of flour.

Add an additional cup to the dough or until it is soft and elastic.

Let the dough rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

Split up the dough, depending on how many loaves you want to make and shape them into french bread shape. Don’t worry! It will be pretty, I promise!

Brush with an egg wash (egg and a little bit of water), then cut some slits on top and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you’d like. Let the dough rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.

Bake at 350 degrees for 25-30 minutes. For smaller loaves bake for 20-25. 

The tops should be golden brown and if you tap on it, it will sound somewhat hollow.

Basic French Bread

  • 2 T yeast
  • 2 1/2 c hot water
  • 1/4 c powdered milk (optional)
  • 1 T salt
  • 1/3 c oil
  • 3 T sugar
  • 6-7 c flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer add the yeast, hot water, powdered milk (if using), salt, oil, and sugar. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add 6 cups of flour. Add an additional cup of flour until the dough is not sticky, but smooth and elastic. Put lid on mixer and let rise for 30 minutes. The dough should be nice and warm and the steam inside the mixer will cause it to rise faster. If using a mixer without a lid, cover the bowl with plastic wrap.

After 30 minutes or the dough has doubled in size, cut dough into how many loaves you want to make. Roll into French Bread shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Brush with an egg wash (egg and water mixed) and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you have them. Cut 4-6 slits on top of the dough and let it rise for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350°. Enjoy!!

Basic Buttermilk Syrup and Cinnamon French Toast

This post is mostly for my teenagers who love French toast but always forget how to make it! 😄 This morning we used a loaf of the Kneaders Cinnamon bread, which we cut into 14 slices. I will post my own homemade Cinnamon bread later 😋 Then we made delicious Buttermilk Syrup to go on top. For the Syrup you need sugar, butter, buttermilk, baking soda and vanilla. In a large saucepan on medium high heat add the butter, buttermilk, baking soda and sugar. Bring to a boil and boil for 1 minuteRemove from heat and add the vanillaFor the French toast, we used 8 eggs, 2/3 cup milk, and 1 T cinnamon. You can also add vanilla if you’d like. We sliced the loaf into 14 slices.Whisk the mixture in a medium size bowl Then dip each slice into the mixture and cook on a griddle. Till golden brown on both sides. Then serve and enjoy! 

Buttermilk Syrup

  • 1 c butter (2 sticks)
  • 1 c buttermilk
  • 2 c sugar
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 2 tsp vanilla

Bring the butter, sugar, buttermilk and baking soda to a boil, stirring constantly. Boil for one minute. Remove from heat, stir in 1 teaspoon vanilla. 

Cinnamon French Toast

  • 14 slices of bread
  • 8 eggs
  • 2/3 c milk
  • 1 T cinnamon 
  • 1 tsp vanilla (optional)

Whisk in a medium bowl the milk, eggs and cinnamon. Dip each slice of bread one at a time in the mixture, cook on a griddle till golden brown on both sides. Serve with homemade Buttermilk Syrup.