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Ranch French Bread Recipe

Ranch French Bread Recipe

Golden on the outside and tender on the inside, these lovely loaves get a fun flavor boost from ranch dressing. One slice always prompts a second helping or more, so this bread never lasts long.—Cherri Schmidt, Grand Island, Nebraska
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 20 min. YIELD:56 servings

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 cups warm buttermilk (110° to 115°)
  • 1/2 cup butter, softened
  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 to 2 envelopes original ranch salad dressing mix
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 8 to 9 cups all-purpose flour
  • Additional butter, melted

Directions

  • 1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the buttermilk, butter, sugar, eggs, ranch dressing mix, salt and 4 cups flour; beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • 2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • 3. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide into fourths. Roll each portion into a 14-in. x 12-in. rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal and tuck ends under. Place seam side down on two greased baking sheets. With a sharp knife, make five shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 4. Bake at 350° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Brush with melted butter. Remove from pans to wire racks to cool. Yield: 4 loaves (14 slices each).
Editor's Note: Warmed buttermilk will appear curdled.

Nutritional Facts

1 serving (1 slice) equals 95 calories, 2 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 16 mg cholesterol, 154 mg sodium, 16 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.