Country French Bread

A traditional bread...great as a sandwich or served with your favorite pasta.


Details

Difficulty

Moderate

Yield

2 loaves

Prep Time

35 minutes

Chill Time

2 to 24 hours

Bake Time

25 to 35 minutes

Ingredients


  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup instant nonfat dry milk powder
  • 2 (4-1/2 tsp.) envelopes Fleischmann's® RapidRise Yeast
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1-1/3 cups water
  • 1/2 cup plain yogurt
  • 3 tablespoons Mazola® Corn Oil
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 egg white, lightly beaten with 1 tablespoon water

Directions


Combine 1-1/2 cups flour, milk powder, undissolved yeast and salt in a large bowl.  Heat water, yogurt and 2 tablespoons oil until very warm (120° to 130°F); stir into flour mixture.  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.

Divide dough in half.  Shape each half into 5-inch ball.  Place balls 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.

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

To make baguettes:  Divide dough in half.  Roll each to 15 x 10-inch oval.  Beginning at long side 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.  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.