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Sesame French Bread

 Sesame French Bread
Better than bakery bread, this is perfect alongside Italian foods. You can serve both loaves the recipe yields or freeze one for later.
32 ServingsPrep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling

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 King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 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, 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.
  • Punch dough down. Divide in half. Roll each half into a 15-in. x
  • 10-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

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Sesame French Bread (continued)

Directions (continued)

  • until nearly doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • 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).
Nutritional Facts: 1 serving (1 slice) equals 99 calories, 1 g fat (trace saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150 mg sodium, 19 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 3 g protein.