Danish-French Bread (Franskbrod)

Recipe by Scandigirl
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins




  • In large mixer bowl combine 3 cups of the flour and the yeast.
  • Heat 2 1/2 cups water, sugar, salt and shortening just till warm 115-120 degrees F.
  • Stirring constantly to melt shortening.
  • Add to dry mixture.
  • Beat at low speed with mixer for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
  • Beat 3 minutes at high speed.
  • By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a soft dough.
  • Knead on floured surface till smooth (10 to 12 minutes.) Shape into a ball.
  • Place in greased bowl and turn once.
  • Cover, let rise till double 1-1 1/2 hours.
  • Punch down, divide in half.
  • Cover let rest 10 minutes.
  • Roll each half to 15 x 12" rectangle.
  • Roll up tightly from long side, seal well.
  • Taper ends.
  • Place each diagonally seam side down, on greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Gash tops diagonally every 2 1/2 inches 1/8 inch deep.
  • Beat egg white just till foamy add 1 tbsp. water
  • Brush tops and sides of loaves, and sprinkle with poppyseeds.
  • Cover, let rise till double (about 1 hr.) Bake at 375 degrees F.
  • till light brown for 20 minutes, brush again with egg white mixture.
  • Bake another 20 minutes longer.
  • Remove from sheets and cool.