Sesame French Bread Recipe
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Sesame French Bread Recipe

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Better than bakery bread, this is perfect alongside Italian foods. You can serve both loaves the recipe yields or freeze one for later.
Recommended: Fish Fry Recipes
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 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

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 99 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.


  1. 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.
  2. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. With a very sharp knife, make four shallow diagonal cuts across top. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Remove from pan and cool on a wire rack. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as Sesame French Bread in Taste of Home June/July 1996, p19

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JeaLos User ID: 6089103 244954
Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Excellent texture and easy!!"

MY REVIEW User ID: 975494 233763
Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

"My. Family loved this. No more running to the store for French bread."

susankato User ID: 928122 220799
Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

"I make this whenever we have Italian. We love it and it is so much better then from the store."

rozwell User ID: 1687889 10914
Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

"Needed another cup or so of flour, that could be b/c I am at a high elevation. Delicious tho'"

stwood64 User ID: 3644447 11299
Reviewed Nov. 10, 2013

"Family favorite! Love this bread! When we make extra loaves, we freeze them and when we warm them up in the oven (wrapped in foil), they come out crunchy on the outside and soft on the inside, perfect!!"

Simpkinsd User ID: 7266410 9659
Reviewed May. 19, 2013

"I made this bread and impressed my family with my baking abilities."

rudylenak User ID: 3071215 3711
Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"love this bread"

chungpc.veronica User ID: 6291637 10709
Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"Tasty and easy recipe!! highly recommended!"

magonz User ID: 6950910 5975
Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"Love this recipie! I have made it three times now and added it to my favorites! Love the sesame seeds on top!"

trishydishy User ID: 6262794 10460
Reviewed Oct. 28, 2011

"My family can't wait for the bread to come out of the oven. They're waiting with poised butter knives."

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