Fabulous French Bread ( I got this recipe from Lyndsay Jensen)
Just leave the dough in your mixer while doing the mixing and resting for the 5 - 6 times you mix and rest. This is a very important step.
Bake @ 350 - 375 degrees for 35 min. or until golden brown
2 pkgs. dry yeast (2 1/2 tsp./pkg.)
1/2 c. warm water
2 c. hot water
3 TBLSP. sugar
1 Tbsp. salt
5 Tblsp. vegetable oil
6 c. flour
1 egg white
sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 c. warm water - let stand for 10 min.
In large bowl, combine water, sugar, salt, shortening and half of flour
Beat well - allow to rest for 10 min.
Stir - rest for 10 min.
Repeat this three more times
Turn out on floured board
Divide dough in half
Roll each half into a 9X12 rectangle
Starting at long edge; roll loosely as in doing a jelly roll - Seal edge
Place both rolls seam side down on one large cookie sheet
Gash each roll diagonally 3 times with a sharp knife
Brush with beaten egg white and then sprinkle with either the sesame seeds or poppy seeds
Let rise 30 min.
Number Of Servings: 2 loaves of Bread submitted by Moiya Wood