French Bread

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Ingredients:

  • 5-6 C. bread flour
  • 2 1/2 C. water (130°F)
  • 2 Tbsp. rapid rise yeast
  • 1/3 C. oil
  • 1 Tbsp. sugar
  • 1 egg white, beaten
  • 1 Tbsp. salt
  • cooking spray
  • sesame seeds

Directions:

  1. In a gallon zippered plastic bag, combine 2 cups flour, yeast, sugar, and salt.
  2. Seal bag and blend well.
  3. Add warm water and oil; seal and knead the bag with fingers until smooth and well blended.
  4. Add 2 cups flour and work until blended.
  5. Add another cup of flour to make a soft dough.
  6. Turn dough out onto lightly floured board.
  7. Knead 10-15 minutes until smooth and elastic.
  8. Spray dough with cooking spray; cover with plastic wrap; let rest 20 minutes.
  9. Punch dough down.
  10. Divide dough into two parts and roll each into a French bread style loaf.
  11. Arrange on greased cookie sheet.
  12. Brush top with beaten egg white; sprinkle generously with sesame seeds.
  13. With sharp knife, slash top diagonally three times, 1/4” deep.
  14. Cover with plastic wrap, and let rise until double in bulk (20 minutes to 1 hour).
  15. Bake at 400° F until light brown, about 30-35 minutes.

Yield: 2 loaves

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