Friday, December 12, 2008

French Bread

This recipe comes from a friend at church, who is a wonderful cook, I think this bread has a great flavor, and it's not much work for 2 beautiful loaves of bread. -Sarah

In the bowl of a stand mixer:
Dissolve 2 pkg's yeast in 1/2 cup warm water, add
1/2 t. sugar

Bring 2 cups water to a boil and add:
2 T. shortening
2 T. sugar
2 t. salt
Cool to 130 degrees
Add to yeast mixture.

Slowly add 7 cups of bread flour by starting with 3 cups and adding 1 cup at a time until dough is formed.
Knead dough for 10 minutes.

Place dough in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour.
Punch down and let rest for 15 minutes.
Split dough in half and shape into 2 loaves, place on 1 greased cookie sheet, put 5 slits in each loaf. Cover and let rise 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
Beat together 1 egg and 2 T. milk, brush over loaves, bake about 30 minutes.

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