French Bread

French Bread

  • 1/4 cup warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 cup hot water
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup oil
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1. in small bowl, sprinkle yeast over warm water. Let stand until yeast is dissolved, about 5 minutes.
  • 2. In mixer bowl, combine hot water, sugar, salt and oil. Let stand to lukewarm.
  • 3. Add dissolved yeast and 1 1/2 cups of the flour. Beat until smooth. Add remaining flour to make soft dough that can be stirred down with a spoon.
  • 4. Place in greased bowl and cover with clean kitchen cloth. With spoon, stir down every 15 minutes for a total of three times.
  • 5. Turn out onto floured board. Knead only enough to lightly coat with flour. Grease 2 cookie sheets.
  • 6. Divide dough in half. Roll each into a rectangle. On long side, roll (jelly roll style) into a loaf, pinching seam with wet fingers to seal. Place each loaf, seam side down, in center of cookie sheet.
  • 7. Beat egg white until foamy. With pastry brush, apply to loaves. Slash each loaf three times diagonally with a serrated knife. Do not cover. Let rise 1/2 hour.
  • 8. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Bake, one loaf at a time, 12 minutes or until deep golden brown. Cool completely before slicing.
  • Makes 2 loaves
  • 1. Prepare French Bread dough through Step #4. Divide in half and roll each half into rectangle 1/2" thick on a lightly floured board.
  • 2. With pizza cutter, cut into ¾" strips.
  • 3. Dip each strip in melted butter and, holding both ends, turn in opposite directions several times to make a twisted rope.
  • 4. Place on ungreased baking sheets, 2" apart.
  • 5. Sprinkle with sesame seeds, Parmesan cheese, garlic salt or favorite topping. Let rise 1/2 hour. Preheat oven 400 degrees.
  • 6. Bake approximately 8 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Makes 2 dozen breadsticks