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French Loaves *


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  • 2 pkgs. active dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 cups bread flour
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons cornmeal
  • 1 egg, beaten


Preparation time 90mins
Cooking time 165mins


Step 1

In a small bowl dissolve yeast in warm water. Let stand until bloomed, about 10 minutes.

In a large bowl, combine 2 cups water, salt, sugar, and vegetable oil add yeast mixture and 3 cups flour and mix well. Stir in the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time and mix well after each addition. When the dough has pulled together, turn it out onto a floured board and knead until smooth and elastic, about 8 minutes. Lightly oil a large glass bowl. Place the dough in the bowl and turn to coat with oil. Cover with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.

Divide dough in half. Roll out each half into a 9 x 12" rectangle and roll dough up "jelly roll" style, beginning at the long edge. Seal edges and place seam side down on a large baking sheet that has been sprinkled with cornmeal.

Use a sharp knife to slash each loaf diagonally 3 times. Brush with beaten egg. Cover and allow to rise for 30 minutes. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 400F.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 minutes, until deep golden brown.

Makes 2 loaves.

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