We love Kroger's take-and-bake french bread... but, I wanted to try and make some of our own. A while ago I stumbled upon Sonshine's Bread Machine French Bread, and we tried it this weekend. I think it beat out the Kroger bread... now, we'll have to use it to make our "Kroger" baked sandwiches :)
French Bread in the Bread Machine - Sonshine
makes a 1 1/2 lb loaf
1 C + 1 T warm water (about 80 degrees F)
3 cups bread flour
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
1 T. butter (I used less... about a half)
2 tsp. active dry yeast OR 1 1/2 tsp. bread machine/fast rise yeast
Depending on the order ingredients go into your bread machine... place ingredients in the machine. I combined mine in the following way:
1) Place water in the bread maker
2) Butter, cut into chunks
4) 3 C bread flour (I LOVE King Arthur)
After dough cycle ends, remove dough and place on a floured surface. Cover and allow dough to sit for 15 minutes.
Cover, and let dough rise for 30 minutes. I let mine rise a bit longer... closer to 45 minutes, so that it would be ready with dinner, and I don't think it hurt anything.