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Catholic Recipe: Basic French Bread


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp dry yeast granules
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1 tbsp oil
  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 tsp water
  • Details

  • Yield: 2 loaves
  • Prep Time: 3 to 31/2 hours
  • Difficulty: • • •
  • Cost: $$$$
  • For Ages: 11+
  • Origin: France

Try making this bread for the feast of St. Peter Julian Eymard, a French saint of the Eucharist or for any other occasion that calls for a loaf of homemade bread.


Place 1 cup warm water in a large bowl. Add sugar and yeast. Do not stir. Let sit about 5 minutes.

Add remaining cup of warm water, salt and 3 cups flour. Mix in 1 more cup flour.

Now add flour in 1/2 cup increments till dough is smooth but stiff. Knead dough on a floured surface for at least 5 minutes. Place in large oiled bowl and cover. Let rise 1 hour or until doubled in size.

Punch down and divide in half. Shape into 2 rolls. Place on oiled cookie sheet or French load pans. Let rise again till doubled.

Beat egg white with 1 teaspoon water and very lightly brush loaves with mixture.

Bake in 375 degree oven for 35 to 45 minutes.

To make EXTRA Crusty: Spray sides of oven with water every 10 minutes. When done, cool loaves on a rack.

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