Sunday, May 6, 2012

french bread

you know in the bible, it says man cannot live on bread alone, but i've been surviving on this bread for the last few days. it is DELISH!! there is nothing like fresh baked bread to make life livable once again and i think this may be the best (and easiest) bread i've ever baked.
2 pkg yeast
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. hot water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
5 tbsp vegetable oil
6 c. white flour
1 egg white
sesame seeds (optional)

dissolve yeast in 1/2 c. warm water; let stand for 10 minutes. in a large bowl, combine 2 c. hot water, sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and 1/2 of the flour; beat well. stir in dissolved yeast. add remaining flour and mix well. rest 10 minutes.

repeat four times. kneed one or two times on a floured surface. divide in half. roll each half out and roll up like a jelly roll. place seam side down in french bread pans or on a cookie sheet (i like to dust the pan with corn meal first). cut slits in the top and brush with beat egg white. sprinkle with sesame seeds. let rise for 30 minutes. bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes.

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