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Amazing French Bread

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I tried, quite literally, dozens of french bread recipes before I stumbled upon this one. It is amazing, just like the loaves you pick up at your local grocery store, only better!

Ingredients

  • 2-½ cups Warm Water
  • 2 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon Salt
  • 2 Tablespoons Vegetable Oil
  • 6 cups Flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Yeast
  • 1 whole Egg, Lightly Beaten

Preparation

In a large bowl combine warm water, salt, sugar, oil*, 3 cups flour, and yeast. Beat vigorously for 2-3 minutes.

Stir in the remaining flour and then leave the dough (spoon still in the bowl) for 10 minutes. Then beat down the dough.

Let it sit for ten more minutes and then beat down again. Repeat this process until you have beaten down the dough 5 times. This part of the recipe is not very forgiving. A few minutes here and there won’t mess it up but don’t leave your dough for longer than 15 minutes or it will change the final product.

Turn dough onto a floured surface and knead just enough to coat the dough in flour, making it easy to handle.

Split the dough in half and form each half into loaf. Lightly spray a cooking sheet with non-stick spray and, if desired, dust with cornmeal.

Place loaves on pan(s) — (I actually half the recipe when I make it because there is not enough room in my oven to bake both loaves at the same time. It is very important to not let this bread over-rise!) and let rise for 30 minutes.

With a very sharp knife make 3-5 slashes on the top of the loaves and brush the top and sides with the beaten egg.

Put in a preheated 400 degree oven immediately and cook for 20-30 minutes or until golden. Remove from pan immediately and cool on racks.

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kbernie on 9.30.2013

Have you ever tried to either freeze the dough or baked bread of this recipe? Want to take it to a friend, but not sure if it freezes well in either state. Thanks!

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Lili on 8.13.2012

Hi, does the flour have to be bread flour? Attempting this in a few days. Wish me luck ~ thanks!

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dairyqueen on 4.11.2010

SO good! I will be making this again and again!

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quilterpat on 1.27.2010

this was my first rating and I messed up.. I”d like to give it a 5!!!

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quilterpat on 1.27.2010

i JUST made this! It was sticker than I expected but turned out FANTASTIC! I let it blog to the shape it wanted.. used olive oil on top as I didn’t have egg.

THANK YOU For this bread!!!!

i have a photo.. can I enter it?

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newchef on 2.5.2014

This recipe was incredibly easy! The bread was so delicious too; it tasted (and smelled) exactly like bakery bread.

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urszula on 11.29.2013

This bread is great! Love it!!!

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alesia stickler on 6.5.2012

The best french bread I’ve ever made! Thank you for the recipe!

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Jean on 4.6.2012

This is my go to bread recipe now, love it!

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Erin on 2.28.2012

This is sooo good! And super easy too…I even accidentaly put in too much yeast and it still came out wonderful! Thanks!

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