Fabulous French Bread

Fabulous French Bread

94 reviews, 4.4 star(s). 89% would make again

Ready in 1 hour 30 minutes

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"im making this for the second time today for my mom for mothers day..i love this bread..it turns out amazing! i put a little garlic salt on top of the egg whites before i cook it and it gives it a wonderful hint of garlic taste. i gave family pieces because it makes so much and i would never eat that much before it got to hard, and everyone loved it :) and for people wondering at the top when it says add 1/2 3 cups flour its 1/2 the flour or 3 cupz (1/2 flr is 3 cups)"


2 tablespoons Yeast; (2 packages)
1/2 cup Warm water
2 cups Hot water
3 tablespoons Sugar
1 tablespoon Salt
5 tablespoons Shortening; melted (or vegetable oil)
6 cups All purpose flour; unsifted
3 Egg whites; beaten
1/2 cups Sesame seeds; optional

Original recipe makes 2 Servings

large loaves  


Dissolve yeast in warm water. In a large bowl, combine hot water, sugar, salt, shortening, and 1/2 (3 cups) of the flour. Beat well with wooden spoon, or in a large mixer using a dough hook attachment. Stir in dissolved yeast. Add remaining 3 cups of flour, mixing well until blended.

Leave spoon/dough hook in batter, allowing dough to rest for 10 minutes. Stir again vigorously, allowing dough to rest another 10 minutes. Repeat until dough has been stirred 5 times.

On floured board, turn out dough and knead once or twice until it is lightly covered with flour. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into rectangles, about 9x12 inches. Starting at the long edge, roll loosely, like a jelly roll, sealing the edge.

Place roll, lengthwise, seam down on a large baking sheet, arranging so both loaves will fit on one sheet.

Gash top of each loaf diagonally with sharp knife, 3-4 times, then brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds.

Allow loaves to rise 30 minutes. Bake at 400 degrees for 35 minutes, or until golden brown.

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I am a beginner at baking but for the last 2 years this is the recipe I strived to master. The process is easy to follow providing a consistent way to bake a great tasting loaf of bread every time. The consistency provided me a platform to tweak the recipe to my desired texture and taste with very little worry of botching it up. I recommend this recipe for someone who is just starting out.
Armblessed 7m ago

Recipe did not say to grease cookie sheet . Could not get bread off without making a mess.
subee2011 1y ago

I'm baking this again this weekend. Last time I had no sesame seeds, now I do have them. Also, I will make three loaves instead of two loaves this time to try a baguette version. Either way, we all enjoy this bread.
Travieso 1y ago

For my 1st try at baking french bread, I'm happy! I'll be doing this again.
Travieso 1y ago

This is my go to recipe for bread, always comes out delicious. Great for bread bowls too!
LilBethieBakin 1y ago

Freaking awesome! Was a total hit with my family. I halved the recipient only because I didn't have a big enough bowl and I couldn't roll it it and roll it up but it was still amazing :) will totally make again!
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