Recipe by Belinda M.
A healthy loaf of French Bread that tastes wonderful! I use my bread machine on dough setting to mix and knead the dough then shape, rise again and finish it in the oven.
Top Review by Hazeleyes
Delicious! The loaves turned out picture perfect! I sprinkled some poppy seeds on the top, and next time I'll add some sesame seeds as well. Thanks for sharing this tasty recipe!
- 1⁄2 cup boiling water
- 1⁄4 cup bob's red mill 10-grain cereal
- 1 cup lukewarm water
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 2 tablespoons honey or 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 1⁄2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄2 cup whole white-wheat flour
- 1⁄4 cup whole wheat flour
- 3 -3 1⁄2 cups bread flour
- 1 tablespoon vital wheat gluten (optional)
- 2 1⁄2 teaspoons instant yeast
Directions See How It's Made
- Add 10- grain cereal to boiling water; set aside for 20 minutes or until lukewarm.
- Pour the cooled cereal, water, olive oil, honey and salt into the bread machine pan.
- Add 3 cups bread flour, the wheat flours, vital wheat gluten and yeast.
- Start machine using the dough setting. If dough is too sticky add up to 1/2 cups more bread flour or add a little more water to dough if too dry. You want the dough to be just slightly sticky.
- When machine has finished the dough cycle (mine is 1-1/2 hours), punch dough down and divide in half.
- Place dough on lightly floured surface. Roll each half into a 12" x 15" rectangle.
- Roll dough tightly, from longest side pressing seams and tapering ends and tucking under.
- Place loaves on a greased baking sheet or in a french/baguette pan.
- Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about an hour, or until doubled in bulk.
- With sharp knife, make 3-4 diagonal cuts on top of loaf.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove to cooling rack and brush melted butter over tops of loaves.
- Cool at least 1 hour before slicing.