French Bread

It’s a Pan-derful Christmas.


It’s no surprise to anyone that all the holidays look and feel different this year. But If you delve into Christmas memory’s past, you will still often notice one common theme. Food.

Nothing beats the smell of fresh baked bread flowing through the house in the afternoon.


Food has been one constant that has allowed us to carefully sprinkle what is left of 2020 Christmas’ Magic on our loved ones (from a 6ft distance of course). So, run through Reasor’s and do not worry about picking up the perfect Christmas feast (although I must say mine is one for the ages). Get something that means something special to your family. Get that pot roast that your aunt tried to say was Homemade, but your little brother found the Hormel box in the trash. Get the spaghetti that your grandpa makes every time OU plays. Get those sugar cookies you used to get in school on your birthday where you felt so special.

Either way, make Christmas your own special magic. Make it happy. Make it your own. Of course my recipe is wonderful and beautiful but what made it all the better was pouring the wine while my wife and mother in law flipped through a magazine and my dog laid near the stove to sunbathe. This is my Christmas. This is our COVID Holiday? What is yours? Stay safe, stay happy. Merry Christmas. 😊

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Ingredients:

2 1/4 cups warm water

 2 tablespoons honey (buy local honey)

 1 tablespoon instant yeast

 3/4 tablespoon salt

 2 tablespoons olive oil

 5 1/2 – 6 cups all-purpose flour

Directions:

  1. In a small bowl add the warm water, yeast, honey, and salt. Let sit for 5 minutes.
  2. In the bowl of an electric stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, add the oil, 3 cups of flour, and yeast mixture and mix. Add in 2 1/2 to 3 more cups of flour gradually. The dough should clear the sides of the bowl and form a soft ball that does not leave a lot of dough on your fingers. Knead for 2-3 minutes until the dough is smooth. If the dough starts to cling to the sides of the bowl, add 1/4 cup of flour at a time until a sturdy but soft ball of dough forms.
  3. Rising the dough- Leave the dough in the mixer, cover with a towel, and let the dough rest for 10 minutes. Stir it down by turning on the mixer for 10 seconds. Repeat the “rest and mix” cycle three more times.
  4. Using a floured surface such as a large cutting board, pour the dough onto the surface. Cut the dough into 3 sections evenly.
  5. Roll out the dough folding the dough like a hotdog style. Each time your push down on the dough you want to get all the air bubbles out. Repeat the same method until all 3 pieces of dough are the same size.
  6. Allow the 3 pieces of dough the be covered and rest for 30 minutes.
  7. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  8. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown through. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes before serving.
  9. Enjoy!

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