Easy French Bread

Easy French Bread
Easy French Bread

2 pkg. dry yeast or 2 scant tablespoons
1/2 cup warm water
1/2 teaspoon sugar
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons oil
2 teaspoons salt
2 cups boiling water
7 1/2 – 8 cups flour
poppy or sesame seeds

Dissolve yeast in warm water and 1/2 teaspoon sugar

Combine 2 tablespoons sugar, fat, salt, and boiling water

Cool to lukewarm and add yeast mixture

Stir in flour until dough ready to knead. Do not worry if you use less flour.

Knead 10 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place in greased bowl, turning once. Let rise until doubled. Punch down and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough in half.

On floured surface, roll each half to a 12 x 15 rectangle. Roll up, starting at 15 inch edge. Place loaves on greased cookie sheets and make 4 or 5 slashes diagonally across tops. Let rise until double.

Mix and brush on 1 egg, beaten with 2 tablespoons milk, if desired.

Sprinkle on poppy or sesame seeds.

Bake at 400° degrees for 20 minutes

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