Fabulous French Bread

Recipe by Kzim4
READY IN: 1hr 20mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Pour warm water into a large, warm mixing bowl.
  • Stir in sugar, salt, oil, 3 cups of flour, and yeast.
  • Beat vigorously for 2-3 minutes.
  • Stir in remaining flour until all dry ingredients are incorporated, leaving spoon right in batter.
  • Allow dough to rest 10 minutes; then stir down.
  • Allow dough to rest another 10 minutes and stir down again.
  • Repeat this process until dough has been stirred down 5 times.
  • Turn dough onto floured surface.
  • Knead only enough to coat the dough with flour so it can be handled.
  • Divide dough into 2 parts.
  • Roll each half into a rectangle approximately 9x12 inches, and roll up like a jelly roll starting from the long side.
  • Pinch ends to seal.
  • Arrange on a large baking sheet that has been dusted with cornmeal, leaving enough room for both loaves.
  • Cover lightly and let rise at room temperature for 30 minutes.
  • With a very sharp knife, cut 3 diagonal slashes on top of each loaf.
  • Brush each loaf with beaten egg.
  • Bake immediately at 400°F for 20-30 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks.
  • *NOTE: I have used my Kitchenaid mixer to do all the mixing and it works great either way.