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Quick French Bread, That’s Easy Too!

by Diane

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Take a few simple ingredients and one hour and you have this fantastic quick French bread.

What? Quick French bread that’s also easy? It sounds too good to be true, I know, but I’m here to tell you it’s not only possible… I’ve done it!

I’ve seen this recipe (and others that are very similar) popping up all over Pinterest lately and I was curious. My bread making tends to be of the laziest kind – using a bread machine. I use a bread machine because I really don’t have time to kneed the dough properly, so I let the machine do it for me. There are just too many other tasks on my To Do list and this is one I can happily delegate. So I do.

There are times though, when time is limited and that’s where this quick French bread recipe comes into it’s own. It takes under an hour to make, from start to finish. ONE HOUR! Plus, a good sized loaf cost me around $1.50 to make, and I used bread flour which is more expensive than plain, all purpose flour.

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Quick French Bread Details

You can see the full quick French bread recipe here but I needed to tweak it a bit as I’m in a metric measurement part of the world. I used  the same quantities as the original version, just in their metric versions, that is, I used one metric tablespoon (20ml) as a direct substitute for one imperial tablespoon (16ml). Plus, I only used about 3 cups of flour but our cups are 250ml. So… that’s just a really long winded way of saying I didn’t follow the Quick French Bread recipe exactly. Thankfully, it appears to be very forgiving and the loaf has turned out beautifully.

The End Result?

I’ve just devoured a slice (ok, it was really TWO slices… with butter) and somehow, I managed to wait until it had cooled before tucking into it. Amazing! The crust and texture are much like a traditional baguette. A good crunch to the crust and a dense chewy texture. I’m definitely sold. I didn’t think a bread that could go from separate ingredients to finished product in an hour could possibly be this good. Another example of how simple ingredients (flour, honey, salt and yeast) can combine to create tasty and frugal food.

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When you can make bread this good, this quickly, why would you buy the mass produced product at the grocery store?

Do you bake your own bread? Have you tried this recipe yet?

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Stockbeard - 2:24 am

Diane, did you know? In French, “French toast” is called “pain perdu”, and it means “wasted bread”. We traditionally take old bread that’s too hard to eat, and this is what we use for French toast.

I find it interesting that the “only” way we can find French toast outside of France messes up with the basic principle: it’s a frugal and delicious desert to not throw away your old bread.

So it’s kinda ironic that you make bread fresh for this recipe… (but I’ll have to agree French toast is even better with fresh bread!)

Diane - 6:32 am

I do love French toast for breakfast, but I’d probably face the guillotine in France for putting either marmite or vegemite on it! Never understood sweet French toast…

Petrish @ Debt Free Martini - 5:14 pm

Looks so yummy. I have never made my own bread but aspire too.

Diane - 6:28 am

It’s definitely worth giving it a try. There’s almost nothing nicer than fresh bread, straight out of the oven. 🙂

Holly@ClubThrifty - 10:19 pm

My husband would love this! I would gain weight just by looking at it! =)

Tracey Hynes - 8:37 pm

I just attempted to make the bread. But failed at the first step. Old yeast. So I’m now determined to buy new yeast and give it a go! This looks and sounds delicious, quick and EASY. I don’t have a bread maker and find bread time and labour intensive so thumbs up if it as good as it sounds.

Diane - 6:20 am

Definitely try again Tracey. It’s worth it. 🙂


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