Crusty French Bread

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
SERVES: 20
YIELD: 2 loaves
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • 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 on to a floured surface. Divide in half; let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll each half into 10-inch by 8-inch rectangle. Roll up from a long side; 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 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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