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French Bread

Cook Time 1 hr
Servings 8


  • 1 packet active dry yeast
  • ½ cup milk
  • tbsp shortening
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 egg white


  • In a small bowl soften yeast in ¼ cup warm water. Set aside.
  • In a small saucepan, scald milk by bringing to a rapid foamy boil. Set aside
  • In a large mixing bowl combine milk, boiling water, shortening, salt, and sugar. Mix and allow to cool to warm. Add yeast.
  • Mix in flour in batches to form a soft dough. Turn out onto a floured board and knead lightly a few times. Place in a clean, oiled bowl and cover with a clean dry cloth. Allow to rise in a warm place for about 1 hour or until doubled in size.
  • Punch down and divide the dough in half. Shape into long loves and place on a greased cookie sheet well apart from one another. Allow to rise until about half again as big. About 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 350° F.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then reduce heat to 250° for another 25 minutes. In the meantime, beat egg white with 1 tablespoon cold water.
  • Brush loaves with egg white and return to the oven for 5 minutes more.
  • Allow to cool before slicing.
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