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French Bread #2

A basic crusty French bread to complement your barbecue or spaghetti.

Average: 4.5 (2 votes)
This recipe makes 1 large loaf
Bread Flour3+1/2 to 4 cups
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp
Salt1+1/2 tsp
Sugar1 tsp
Water1+1/4 cups
Shortening3 TBSP
Egg white1
Water1 TBSP

In large mixer bowl, combine 1+1/2 cups flour, yeast, sugar and salt; mix well. Add 1+1/4 cups warm water (120-130°F) and shortening to flour mixture. Blend at low speed until moistened; beat 3 minutes at medium speed. By hand, gradually stir in remaining flour to make a firm dough. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe.

Punch down dough. On lightly floured surface, roll or pat dough to a 5x12-inch rectangle. Starting with longer side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll with each turn. Pinch edges and ends to seal. Place seam-side down on greased cookie sheet. With a very sharp knife, make 2 or 3 diagonal slashes across top. Cover; let rise in warm place until indentation remains after lightly touching. Combine egg white and 1 TBSP water; beat slightly. Brush on top of loaf. Bake at 400°F for 35 to 40 minutes until light golden brown. Cool.


You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast for Active Dry Yeast. Traditional methods- replace 1:1. Expect your dough to rise faster; always let your dough rise until ‘ripe’. Bread Machines- use 1/2 tsp Instant yeast (or 3/4 tsp Active Dry yeast) per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information.


Great Basic Recipe

Love this recipe! I use olive oil in place of shortening. I also make rolls out of these for sandwiches.

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i love this recipe we add roasted garlic fresh rosemary from the garden and asiago romano parmesan cheese great recipe !!!!!!

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