Web's Best French Bread Recipe
This French bread recipe calls for a bread machine, but you can use it without a machine if you don't have one. Just let the bread rise normally in a warm room.
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French Bread Recipe
Makes 2 loaves.
1 1/4 cup water
3 3/4 cup bread flour
3/4 tsp salt
1 tsp active dry yeast
1 slightly beaten egg white
1 tbsp water
Following the manufacturere's instructions, place the first four ingredients into your bread machine. The Panasonic SD-YD250 Automatic Bread Maker
is one of the best available. Use the dough setting for this French bread recipe.
At cycle's completion, remove the dough and let it sit for ten mnutes. Lightly flour a surface. Split dough in half. Roll each half ihto a rectangle that is approximately 10 inches by 8 inches. Roll up like a jelly roll, starting at a long side. Seal well, and pinch and pull the ends so they taper.
Grease a baking sheet or a pizza stone and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the dough sealed side down on this sheet.
Mix the egg white and the one tablespoon water together Brush some over the top of your French bread loaves. Cover and let rise for about 45 minutes, or until double in bulk. Take a sharp knife and make three or four diagonal slashes about 1/4 inch deep across the top of each loaf.
Preheat the oven to 375°F and bake your French bread recipe for twenty minutes. Brush the tops of your loaves with the rest of the egg white mixture. Bake again for 12 or fifteen minutes. the bread will sound hollow when tapped with your fingers when it is done.
Remove your French bread recipe from baking sheet, cool, and enjoy!
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