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  • 2 tablespoons - yeast
  • 1/2 cups - warm water
  • 2 cups - hot water
  • 3 tablespoons - sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons - salt
  • 1/3 cups - olive oil
  • 6 1/2 cups - flour
  • 1 - egg, for brushing
  • Directions:

    Step one
    In a small bowl, dissolve your yeast in ½ cup warm water. Make sure that your water is warm (not too cold, not too hot). Let proof for 10 minutes.

    Step two
    In a separate mixing bowl, combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour and mix together. Add the yeast mixture to a bowl.

    Step three
    Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Watch for it to start pulling away from the bowl to know it's ready. Once all of the flour is added, let sit for 10 minutes.

    Step four
    Separate your dough into 3 pieces. On a floured surface roll each piece into a 9x12 rectangle. Roll it up like a jelly roll. Shape into a french bread loaf and smooth out edges.

    Step five
    Place the dough on a greased baking pan or a Silpat, seam side down. Using a knife, make 3-4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch thick in bread. Brush with your beaten egg.

    Step six
    Let dough rise uncovered for 30-40 minutes in a warm place.

    Step seven
    Bake at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

    Brief Description

    This is a fairly quick french bread recipe. Great for sandwiches, french toast, or just snacking!

    Main Ingredient:

    Yeast, Flour

    Category:  Yeast breads

    Cuisine:  French


    I often undershoot the flour and incorporate an extra knead into the dough before dividing it. It starts sticky and I add a bit of flour as I need.

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    May 3, 2021

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