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Sesame French Bread

Homemade French bread isn’t at all difficult to make, and it’s perfect alongside Italian foods. If you’re not serving a large group, freeze one loaf to enjoy later. —Peggy Van Arsdale, Trenton, New Jersey
  • Total Time
    Prep: 25 min. + rising Bake: 25 min. + cooling
  • Makes
    2 loaves (16 slices each)

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 all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 large 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 15x10-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 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.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 99 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 150mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (1g sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • redcow
    May 13, 2018

    Made bread yesterday to have with pot of soup. Both husband and I really liked it. He cut few slices after coming out of oven. Bread has very tender crumb and we liked the crust. Mixed bread in Kitchen Aid stand mixer. Was very easy to make and plan on making again.

  • Joni
    Nov 2, 2017

    Best bread I've ever made or eaten. Easy to make too! It was a big hit.

  • JeaLos
    Mar 5, 2016

    Excellent texture and easy!!

  • cannk1944
    Sep 30, 2015

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

  • susankato
    Feb 18, 2015

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

  • rozwell
    Mar 9, 2014

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

  • stwood64
    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
    May 19, 2013

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

  • rudylenak
    Mar 19, 2013

    love this bread

  • chungpc.veronica
    Mar 15, 2013

    Tasty and easy recipe!! highly recommended!