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Crusty French Bread with Garlic

Crusty French Bread with GarlicThis comforting loaf of homemade French bread has a crunchy outer crust and a moist, tender inner crumb fragrant with garlic. It was love at first bite, this bread has been a family-favorite ever since. Recipe is written for bread machines.

Recipe Ingredients:

For 2 Pound Loaf:
1 1/3 cups water
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
3 1/2 cups white bread flour
1 teaspoon active dry yeast
2 cloves garlic, finely chopped, or to taste

For 2 1/2 Pound Loaf:
1 2/3 cups water
2 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 tablespoon granulated sugar
4 2/3 cups white bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
3 cloves garlic, finely chopped, or to taste

For 3 Pound Loaf:
2 cups plus 2 tablespoons water
3 teaspoons kosher or sea salt
1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar
6 cups white bread flour
2 teaspoons active dry yeast
5 cloves garlic, finely chopped, or to taste

Cooking Directions:

  1. Add the ingredients to bread machine pan in the order listed, or according to your bread machine manufacturer's directions.
  2. Select French Bread or Basic White cycle, and if your machine requires, select the weight and desired color of crust; then press the Start button.
  3. Add the chopped garlic at the end of the first kneading (bread machines usually make a beeping sound at this point).
  4. When done, immediately remove bread from pan and cool completely on a wire rack before slicing.

Makes 1 loaf, or 12 to 18 servings dependant on size of loaf.

Tip: Unless your bread machine has retractable mixing/kneading paddle(s), remove them immediately after the last kneading. Doing so not only makes removing the bread from the pan easier, it also greatly reduces the size of the hole(s) left in the bottom of bread machine-baked breads.

Nutritional Information Per Serving (1/18 of recipe for 3 pound loaf): 171.5 calories; 4% calories from fat; 0.8g total fat; 0.0mg cholesterol; 314.6mg sodium; 57.9mg potassium; 34.6g carbohydrates; 1.2g fiber; 1.2g sugar; 33.4g net carbs; 5.7g protein.

Recipe and photograph by Hope Cantil; copyright © 1999; property of See Terms of Use.