Fabulous French Bread (Charlie H.)

So if for some reason you didn't know, a few years ago we moved just 2 blocks North from our house. We LOVE our neighborhood and ward so much that we just couldn't bear to leave, but were anxious to find a newer/bigger home. Our current home was purchased from an "older" couple who only had one teenage daughter at home. They are an amazing family and we love them so much. A year and a half after moving in the wife and daughter came back for a visit and to see our touch on their former house. They were nice enough to bring a WARM loaf of this bread! I was instantly hooked. It is probably the best homemade bread I have ever had.

Dissolve and let stand 10 minutes:
2 pkg. dry yeast
1/2 C. warm water
3 T. sugar

In large bowl mix together:
2 C. hot water
1 T. salt
5 T shortening, melted, or vegetable oil
3 C flour, unsifted

Add yeast mixture and mix well.

2 – 3 C additional flour, as needed to form dough ball

Leave spoon in batter, allow to rest again for 10 minutes.

Stir vigorously.

Allow to rest again for 10 minutes.

Stir vigorously.

Repeat 3 more times.

Turn out dough on lightly floured board.

Knead once or twice until lightly coated with flour. Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a 9” x 12” rectangle. Starting at long edge, roll loosely as for a jelly roll. Seal edge. Place both rolls seam side down, on one large baking sheet.

Slash top of each loaf diagonally 3 times with a sharp knife. Brush with beaten egg white. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Let rise 30 minutes. (Do not cover)

Bake at 400 degrees for 30 – 35 minutes (until golden brown)

This recipe is from Winnifred Jardine, she was a food editor for Deseret News for several years and is a great-granddaughter of Brigham Young.

1 comment:

Emily said...

So glad you shared this recipe, we've made it twice this week because it was such a hit.