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Sesame French Bread Recipe

Sesame French Bread Recipe

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


  • 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).

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.

Reviews for Sesame French Bread

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Reviewed Mar. 5, 2016

"Excellent texture and easy!!"

Reviewed Sep. 30, 2015

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

Reviewed Feb. 18, 2015

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

Reviewed Mar. 9, 2014

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

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!!"

Reviewed May. 19, 2013

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

Reviewed Mar. 19, 2013

"love this bread"

Reviewed Mar. 15, 2013

"Tasty and easy recipe!! highly recommended!"

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!"

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."

Reviewed Jan. 24, 2011

"This is one of my family's favorite bread recipes! I serve with the homemade turkey sausage and spaghetti and they devour it! I have been making it for years and can guarantee no grumbling at the dinner table when this is on my kids' !"

Reviewed Aug. 11, 2010

"I made this and took it to a church dinner. I expected leftovers but every slice had been eaten. It was so good!"

Reviewed Apr. 12, 2010

"This was not the recipe I've been looking for. It came out like home make white bread. I'm looking for a bread that is tough but soft and chewy inside. Maybe I am looking for a baglette recipe. I did cut the recipe in half and made only 1 loaf."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"This was a hit at church. When asked to bring french bread, no one was expecting it to be homemade. The sesame seeds really dress it up too. Fun to make tase great. I would definitely make it again."

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