French Bread

Total Time
2hrs 30mins
Prep
2 hrs
Cook
30 mins

This recipe uses Whole-Wheat Hot Roll Mix to make quick work of mixing and baking. The recipe is from More Make a Mix Cookbook.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. In a large bowl, stir the yeast into lukewarm water and allow to rest for 5 minutes; stir in beaten egg.
  2. Add 2 1/2 cups of whole-wheat hot roll mix until blended; let rest 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in enough of the remaining mix to make a soft dough; knead until smooth, 7 to 10 minutes.
  4. Clean and oil bowl, place dough in bowl, turning to oil all sides.
  5. Cover with a damp towel and allow to rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour.
  6. Grease a baking sheet, sprinkle with cornmeal and set aside.
  7. Punch down the dough and on a lightly floured surface roll into a 10 inch x 3 inch rectangle.
  8. Roll up firmly jelly-roll fashion, starting with one long side; pinch to seal edges.
  9. Place the rolled loaf on prepared baking sheet, seam-side down.
  10. Make 5 diagonal slashes across top of loaf; brush with water.
  11. Let rise until almost doubled in bulk.
  12. Preheat oven to 375 degrees; brush loaf with water again and sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  13. Place a baking pan on lower shelf of oven, pour 1 inch warm water in pan, place the loaf on center rack and bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until golden brown.
  14. Brush with melted butter; cool on wire rack.