French Bread

Slather this classic bread with butter and jam to serve with cups of cafe au lait.

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  • Makes: 30 servings
  • Yields: 2 loaves (15 slices per loaf)
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Rise: 35 mins
  • Bake: 32 mins 375°F
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French Bread
cup water
teaspoon salt
teaspoon active dry yeast or bread machine yeast
Yellow cornmeal
slightly beaten egg white
tablespoon water
  1. Add the first 4 ingredients to a bread machine according to the manufacturer's directions. Select the dough cycle.
  2. When cycle is complete, remove dough. Punch down. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes. Divide dough in half. On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a 10x8-inch rectangle. Starting from a long side, roll into a spiral; seal edge. Pinch and pull ends to taper.
  3. Place loaves, seams down, on a greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Combine egg white and 1 tablespoon water; brush some over tops of loaves. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 35 to 45 minutes or until nearly double. Using a sharp knife, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch deep across the top of each loaf.
  4. Bake in a 375 degree F oven for 20 minutes. Brush with remaining egg white mixture. Bake for 12 to 15 minutes more or until bread sounds hollow when lightly tapped. Remove from baking sheet; cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts (French Bread)
    Per serving:
  • 103 kcal cal.,
  • 111 mg sodium,
  • 20 g carb.,
  • 1 g fiber,
  • 4 g pro.
  • Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet
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