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Country French Bread
Submitted by:  FLEISCHMANN
    

 

 
 
 

" This recipe is for the more experienced bread maker.  It smells like heaven in the oven, and has a nice crust -- enjoy! "
 
Ingredients
4 1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour

1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder

2 envelopes FLEISCHMANN'S RapidRise Yeast

1 1/2 teaspoons salt

1 1/3 cups water

1/2 cup plain yogurt

3 tablespoons vegetable oil

Cornmeal

1 egg white, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

   
Directions
1  

In large bowl, combine 1 1/2 cups flour, milk powder, undissolved yeast, and salt. Heat water, yogurt, and 2 tablespoons oil until very warm (120 to 130oF); stir into dry ingredients. Stir in enough remaining flour to make soft dough. Knead on lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, about 8 to 10 minutes. Cover; let rest on floured surface 10 minutes.

2  

Divide dough in half. Roll each to 15 x 10-inch oval. Beginning at long end of each, roll up tightly as for jelly roll. Pinch seams and ends to seal. Taper ends by gently rolling back and forth. Place, seam sides down, on large greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Brush dough with remaining oil. Cover with plastic wrap, leaving room for dough to rise. Refrigerate 2 to 24 hours. 

3  

When ready to bake, remove from refrigerator. Uncover dough carefully. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. With sharp knife, make 4 or 5 diagonal slashes (1/4 inch deep) across top of each loaf. Brush with egg white mixture. 

Bake at 400oF for 25 to 35 minutes or until done. Remove from baking sheet; let cool on wire racks. 

4  

To make round loaves: Divide dough in half. Shape each half into 5-inch ball. Place balls on large greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and refrigerate as directed. When ready to bake, remove from refrigerator. Uncover dough carefully. Let stand at room temperature 10 minutes. With sharp knife, make 4 slashes (1/4 inch deep) in crisscross fashion across top of each loaf. Brush with egg white mixture and bake as directed.

 
 
Makes 6 servings

 

 
     
   
   
Fiber 1g