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Crusty French Bread

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“This is my favorite bread. I always have a hard time finding French bread in my grocery store so I am happy to have found this one a long time ago in Taste of Home. Preparation time does not include rising time.”
READY IN:
1hr 10mins
SERVES:
20
YIELD:
2 loaves
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup water.
  2. Add sugar, salt, shortening and remaining water; stir until dissolved.
  3. Add flour and stir until smooth (do not knead). Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled.
  4. Turn on to a floured surface. Divide in half; let rest for 10 minutes.
  5. Roll each half into 10-inch by 8-inch rectangle. Roll up from a long side; pinch to seal.
  6. 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.
  7. With a very sharp knife, make five diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf. Bake at 400 degrees for 20-30 minutes or until lightly browned. Cool on wire racks.

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