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Sesame French Bread

Homemade French bread isn’t at all difficult to make, and it’s perfect alongside Italian foods. If you’re not serving a large group, freeze one loaf to enjoy later. —Peggy Van Arsdale, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

Ingredients

  • 2 packages (1/4 ounce each) active dry yeast
  • 2-1/2 cups water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 6 to 6-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 tablespoons sesame seeds

Directions

  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the sugar, oil, salt and 4 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Divide in half. Roll each half into a 15x10-in. rectangle. Roll up from a long side; seal well. Place with seam side down on greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Beat egg white and water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with cooking spray; let rise until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • With a sharp knife, make 4 shallow diagonal cuts across top. Bake at 400° until lightly browned, about 25 minutes. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 99 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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