Bread Machine Sesame French Bread

Recipe by Charmed
READY IN: 3hrs 38mins
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
  • 7
    ounces warm water (14 tbs.)
  • 1
    tablespoon butter or 1 tablespoon margarine, softened
  • 2 34 - 3
  • 2
    teaspoons sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 2
    teaspoons yeast
  • 2
    tablespoons sesame seeds (toast lightly before adding if desired for a slightly more intense flavor, but it's good either way)
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place all the ingredients into the bread machine according to manufacturer's directions.
  • Bake using french bread cycle if your machine has it.
  • If not, use the dark crust white cycle.
  • Start with 2 3/4 cups flour, you might need more depending on a lot of factors.
  • My favorite way to get the texture I like is about 10 minutes into the knead cycle I will pinch a good size chunk of dough between my thumb and two or three fingers.
  • If it feels just moist and some dough sticks to my fingers, it's just right.
  • If no dough sticks, it's a bit dry and add a few teaspoons of water.
  • If it feels too soft and very sticky, add more flour until you get the right consistency after about another 5 minutes of kneading.
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