French Bread

breadThe craziness is starting to wind down.

As we recover and try to find a new normal – I’ll share one of my favorite company recipes.

This French bread is easy and cheap to make and makes a simple meal look fancy!  I have made it hundreds of times over the years and served to many,many friends and relations.

We made 2 loaves early last week and enjoyed them at several meals – fresh with cavatini, again with spaghetti and then as Oven French Toast.

The original recipe is from my husband’s Aunt Sharon, a sweet lady and wonderful cook who passed away from cancer.

French Bread
recipe from Aunt Sharon

2 packages yeast
2 cups hot water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
1/3 cup oil (olive oil gives a great flavor  but vegetable oil works, too)
6 cups flour

Dissolve the yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Set aside

Combine 2 cup hot water, sugar, salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour. Stir in the yeast. Add 3 more cups of flour.  Stir well.

Cover and let dough sit for 10 minutes. Stir down. Cover and let sit for another 10 minutes. Stir dough. Repeat 4 more times. (A total of six times).

Knead lightly and divide into 2 parts. Roll up into oblong loaves. Let rise 30 minutes.

Cut three diagonal slices in each top. Bake 400 degrees for 30 minutes.


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