"Old Reliable" French Bread (for Kitchen Aid Mixers)

Total Time
2hrs 50mins
Prep
2 hrs 20 mins
Cook
30 mins

This recipe came with my Kitchen Aid mixer, and makes two absolutely beautiful loaves of French Bread. I misplaced my recipe book and recently found it again, so am adding this recipe to Zaar for safe-keeping! Make sure you use a very, very sharp knife to make the diagonal slashes. This bread is delicious on its own, for sopping up stew or soup broth, and with your favorite cheeses or toppings. Prep time specified includes rising time.

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Ingredients

Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water in warmed mixer bowl.
  2. Add salt, butter, and flour.
  3. Attach bowl& dough hook to mixer, turn to Speed 2 and mix about 1 minute or until well blended.
  4. Knead on Speed 2 about 2 minutes longer.
  5. Dough will be sticky.
  6. Put dough in large greased bowl, turning to coat.
  7. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
  8. Punch dough down and divide in half.
  9. Roll each half into 12" x 15" rectangle.
  10. Roll dough tightly, from longest side, tapering ends, if needed/wanted.
  11. Put loaves on greased baking sheets that have been dusted with cornmeal.
  12. Cover and let rise in warm place, free from draft, about 1 hour, or until doubled in bulk.
  13. With sharp knife, make 4 diagonal cuts on top of each loaf.
  14. Bake at 450F for 25 minutes, then remove from oven.
  15. Beat egg white and water together and brush each loaf with this mix.
  16. Return to the oven and bake 5 minutes longer.
  17. Immediately remove from baking sheets and cool on wire racks.
  18. Serve with your favorite spread such as herbed butter, garlic bread topping, etc.