French Bread

Recipe by Saudie
READY IN: 35mins
YIELD: 2-3 loaves




  • Place hot water in large bowl.
  • Add the shortening, salt and sugar.
  • Stir and let stand until lukewarm.
  • Sprinkle yeast over all.
  • Beat until smooth.
  • Add 3 cups flour and beat until mixed.
  • Work in 2 cups flour with a wooden spoon.
  • Gradually knead the last 1-1/2 cups flour in until no longer sticky-about 3 minutes.
  • Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  • Punch down and place on floured board.
  • Roll out to a rectangle.
  • Cut lengthwise in half.
  • With each strip, roll up lengthwise and pinch seams.
  • Roll gently back and forth with hands to desired length and to smooth loaf out.
  • Lightly grease cookie sheet or use French loaf bread pans.
  • Cover and let rise for 25 minutes.
  • Cut diagonal slashes across bread about 1/4" deep.
  • Preheat oven, pour boiling water on large cookie sheet to fill.
  • Place cookie sheet on bottom rack in oven.
  • Brush loaves with warm water and place bread on higher rack in oven above water.
  • Bake at 350°F for 30-35 minutes.