Just Call Me Martha Stacey

Homemade French Bread

Posted on: October 11, 2010

All of my Thanksgiving recipes are from Taste of Home’s Cookbook…and are delicious.  I’ll take you through the meal…bread, turkey and dessert over the next few days.

I make this French bread every week because my hubby loves it for sandwiches, better than the other homemade bread recipe I posted previously.  In preparing for Thanksgiving, I discovered that this recipe doubles very nicely, so I’ll be making double batches from now on…double the yield in the same amount of time!

1 package or 2-1/4 tsp active dry yeast
1 cup warm water (110 to 115 degrees)
2 tbsp sugar
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1-1/2 tsp salt
3 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 egg white
1 tsp water

  1. In large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.  Add sugar, salt, oil and 2 cups of flour.  Beat until blended.  Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface, knead until smooth and elastic (6-8) minutes.  Place in greased bowl, turn once to grease top.
  3. Cover and let rise in warm place until doubled (1 hour).  Punch dough down, cover and let rise another 30 minutes.
  4. Punch dough down.  Turn onto lightly floured surface.  Shape into a loaf 16 inches long.  Sprinkle baking sheet with cornmeal and place loaf on.  Cover and let rise until doubled (25 minutes).
  5. Beat egg white and water, brush over dough.  Make diagonal slashes across the top of loaf.  Bake at 375 for 25-30 minutes until golden brown.  Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.

If doubling this recipe, you only need to use one egg white to brush over both loaves…and you’ll still have some left over.  For the warm water, I have a glass 2-cup measuring cup so I put the water from the tap in there and microwave it for 45seconds on high…comes out the perfect temperature every time, so play around with your microwave and write the proper amount of time on the recipe so you remember next time!


1 Response to "Homemade French Bread"

[…] large servings.  I would say it serves 6.  We had this recipe for supper last night with my Homemade French Bread.  It will definitely be added to the regular rotation…but I’ll half the recipe next […]

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