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French Bread Recipe

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Contributor:  
Contributor:  
Patty Andrews
Added: Wednesday, October 21, 2009

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Ingredients:  
Ingredients:  
2 packages active dry yeast ( 2 Tablespoons )

2 T. Sugar

1 T. Salt

2 1/2 C. Warm Water

6-8 C. Flour

1 Egg White, beaten

Directions:
Directions:
In a large mixing bowl, combine yeast, sugar and salt. Stir in warm water to dissolve. Add 6 cups of the flour all at once. Using a dough hook attachment for electric mixer (or a manuel spoon :) ) , mix on high until well blended. Add as much of the remaining 2 cups of flour as needed, 1/4 cut at a time until dough can be handled. Knead on floured board until smooth. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat on all sides. Cover and let rise in a warm place until double. Punch down down and kneed lightly. Shape into 2 long rolls. Place each roll in a greased French Bread pan. ( I just shape and put on a cookie sheet) Cut shallow slits at 1 inch along the top of bread. Brush with egg white and let rise again until double in size. Bake 15 min in a preheated 425 degree oven. Reduce oven to 350 degrees and continue baking 15 min. Cool slightly before cutting to serve. To freeze, wrap in foil while slightly warm. Thaw and reheat in foil 15 min at 350 degrees. Open foil and bake an additional 5 min for a crisp crust. Makes 2 loaves.

 

 

 

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