French Countryside Bread (Bread Machine - Abm)

Recipe by Karen..
READY IN: 3hrs 10mins
YIELD: 1-2 loaves




  • Add all ingredients to your bread machine as your directions instruct.
  • Mine go like this:
  • Add liquid ingredients to bread pan.
  • Add all dry ingredients, except yeast, to bread pan.
  • Make a well in the dry ingredients and carefully add the yeast into the well.
  • Select the "French" setting on your machine.
  • Select crust color, if applicable.
  • Press start!
  • To make loaves in the oven, use the "Dough" cycle on your machine.
  • When cycle is complete, punch dough down and divide into 2 equal parts.
  • On a lightly floured surface, roll each half into a rectangle, about 10 x 15.
  • Starting at the long side, roll each rectangle, jelly roll style, into a tight, long loaf. Seal seams and ends by pinching dough together.
  • Place loaves seam sides down on a large, ungreased baking sheet. You may sprinkle some cornmeal or flour on the pan under where you'll be placing the loaves.
  • Cover loaves with a clean towel and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, until almost double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 375*. Place a pan of hot water on the bottom rack of your oven. This will create steam inside the oven while the bread is baking to give you an authentic crust.
  • Using a very sharp knife, carefully make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes in each loaf, cutting about 1/2 inch down into dough.
  • If you choose, at this time you can carefully brush on an egg white glaze (one egg white beaten with 1 tbl. of water) and sprinkle with sesame seeds, poppy seeds, dried onion or garlic, etc., if desired.
  • Bake for 25-30 minutes (or until loaves sound hollow when tapped) on middle oven rack.
  • Cool on wire racks and serve warm.