Friday, June 5, 2009

French Bread

1 package yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon shortening, melted
1 1/2 cups warm water, divided
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups all purpose flour

In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup water. Add sugar, salt, shortening, and remaining water. Stir until dissolved. Add flour and stir until smooth (do not knead). Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. Turn onto a floured surface. Divide in half, let rest for 10 minutes. Roll each half into a 10 in. x 8 in. rectangle. Roll up from alongside; pinch to seal. Place seam side down on greased baking sheets sprinkled with cornmeal. Sprinkle the tops with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes. With a sharp knife, make 5 diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf. Bake at 400 for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves.

John David's mamaw gave me this recipe when we were visiting a few weeks ago. I have been anxious to try it and finally baked it! It isn't beautiful but tastes amazing!!

Here are my loaves:

They are far from perfect but delicious!

Leftover pasta makes a nice lunch with a slice of french bread!


Jacki said...

i'm gonna try this! thanks for sharing! :)

Carrie of Farming On Faith said...

Oh~I can't wait to try this!
I have an award for you on my blog!