Fabulous French Bread

Recipe by Gabby Abby
READY IN: 2hrs 25mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Into a large warm mixing bowl, pour warm water, then stir in sugar, salt, oil, and half of the flour and yeast.
  • Beat vigorously for 2 or 3 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are completely mixed inches.
  • Let your dough mixer or machine kneed the dough for a further 8 minutes to really get the gluten working in the flour to create a softer bread.
  • Once the mixing is done, transfer dough to a greased bowl and cover with a dough towel or plastic wrap.
  • Let the dough rest for 20 minutes. (Time this.)
  • At the end of the 20 minutes, punch the dough down; two punches should do it.
  • Then set the time again for 10 minutes; at the end of the 10 minutes, punch the dough down again.
  • Repeat the ten minute intervals five times.
  • After the 5th time of punching down the dough, turn the dough onto a floured board; knead only enough to coat dough with enough flour so that it can be handled.
  • Divide the dough into 2 parts.
  • Roll each part of dough into a rectangle about 4 x 12 inches and roll up like a jelly roll, rolling from the long side.
  • Pinch end to seal.
  • Arrange on a cookie sheet sprayed with Pam spray and sprinkled with cornmeal.
  • Allow the two loaves to rise for a further 30 minutes.
  • With a very sharp knife, cut 4 gashes at an angle on top, then brush with beaten whole egg.
  • If desired, sprinkle with sesame or poppy seeds.
  • Bake immediately at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until light to medium brown.
  • Remove from baking sheets immediately and cool.