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March 21, 2010 / Sarah

National French Bread Day

French Bread
Adapted from All Recipes

3 cups all-purpose flour
1 package (.25 ounce) active dry yeast
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 cup warm water
1 1/2 teaspoon cornmeal
1 egg white

  1. In a large bowl, combine 1 cup flour, yeast and salt. Stir in 1 cups warm water, and beat until well blended using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment or a hand mixer. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
  2. On a lightly floured surface, knead in enough flour to make a stiff dough that is smooth and elastic. Knead for about 8 to 10 minutes total. Shape into a ball. Place dough in a greased bowl, and turn once. Cover, and let rise in a warm place until doubled.
  3. Punch dough down and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover, and let rest for 10 minutes. Roll dough into large rectangle. Roll up, starting from a long side. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.
  4. Grease a large baking sheet. Sprinkle with cornmeal. Place loaf, seam side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat the egg white and brush on the loaf. Cover with a damp cloth. Let rise until nearly doubled, 35 to 40 minutes.
  5. With a very sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across top of each loaf. Bake in a preheated 375 degrees F oven for 20 minutes. Brush again with egg white mixture. Bake for an additional 15 to 20 minutes, or until bread tests done. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning. Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.


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  1. Christina Reese / Mar 29 2010 8:01 am

    I had no idea how easy this is to make! Thanks, Sarah!


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