Thursday, March 26, 2009

French Bread

This is my friend Kristen's recipe. This makes four loaves so if you want you can freeze half or just half the recipe if you don't need as much.

* 5 C. hot tap water
* 4 T. Yeast
* 8 T. Sugar of 1/2 C. honey
* 4 tsp. salt
* 1/4 C. oil
* 12 C. flour

1. Mix ingredients, make dough stiff and let raise
2. Roll out 1/2 of dough like a jelly roll.
3. Cut rolled out section in half to make two loaves.
- repeat with other half of the dough
4. Place on greased pan dusted with cornmeal.
5. Make diagonal slits in the top of the loaves about 2 1/2 in. apart
6. Brush loaves with cold water and sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional)
7. Bake @ 400* for 10 min, turn down oven to 350* and bake for 20 min more.
- To make crisp crust, half way through baking time, brush bread with cold water again.

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