French Bread



Gillum House Bed & Breakfast

Prep time1 1⁄2 hours
Recipe Typesbreads


This bread is one to make on one of "THOSE" days! I use unsweetened applesauce measure for measure for the butter. Due to this, the fat-free does not have thesame oomph the next day - use for French toast or bread pudding and it is wonderful. The yield is 2 loaves


1 1⁄2Tactive dry yeast
2 1⁄2cvery warm water
2Tmelted butter
7call-purpose flour
  corn meal for pan


Put very warm water in a large bowl. Sprinkle yeast over it and add the sugar. Stir, cover with clean tea towel, and let "proof" for about 5 min. If yeast starts to clump, add melted butter (or unsweetened applesauce for fat-free bread) and stir. Add 3 cups flour. Stir. Add remaining flour and stir until most of the flour is mixed. Turn out onto a floured counter and knead until smooth - about 10 min adding small amount of flour if needed. here is where you rid yourself of frustration. Smack the bread on the counter serveral times as you knead it - "Take that you #$%^&" Yes, just pick it up amd SLAM!! This is as good for the bread as it is for you! Shape into a ball and put into the bowl and cover. Let raise until double in bulk - about 20 to 30 minutes in a warm kitchen. Spray a French bread pan with non-stick and dust with corn meal. Knead for a few minutes. Shape into two long loaves and gash tops diagonally about 1/4 inch deep. Cover and let raise - until double in bulk (warm kitchen it takes about 20 min.) - then bake @ 350F for 40 to 45 min for crusty loaves. Brush with butter after removing from oven. Serve hot from oven!

This is bread meant to "break". Slice it only if it is cool or cold.


This is served - oven to table - for my dinners. Rarely is there much if anything left of the loaf the guests get. The remains of the other loaf - after John gets the ends - maked the bread pudding already posted here.

gillumhouse's picture

Happy to oblige. Hope you like it. Getting the French bread pan was one of my best investments ever!


Thanks for posting this.  I was looking for a french bread recipe and remembered that you bake one.

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