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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Yummy yummy french bread

This is from my Aunt Sandy and it is the best bread in the whole world. It is really easy and makes really yummy bread bowls, too! (Very filling, so make small ones, though).

2 T Yeast
1/2 cup warm water
2 cups boiling water
3 T sugar
1 T salt
1/3 cup shortening
6 cups flour

Dissolve yeast in warm water and set aside. In your mixer, mix boiling water, sugar, salt, shortening, and 3 cups flour. Mix. Add yeast mixture and rest of the flour. Mix well. Let rest for 10 minutes and then mix again. Repeat this step 5 times. Divide the dough in half. Roll out into a triangle on a floured surface. Roll up into a log. Slash top 3 times with a knife and brush with egg wash (optional). Let rise until double. Bake at 350 for 30-35 minutes or until done.

If you are doing bread bowls, break off chunks of dough and shape into a ball. Let rise until double. Bake at 350 for 20 minutes or until done.

If you want to get really crazy, you can mix in grated cheese or garlic or oregano.

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