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New Orleans French Bread

By PutoPinoy on Sunday, November 22, 2009 At Sunday, November 22, 2009

  • 1 pkg. dry yeast
  • 1 tbsp. salt
  • 1 tbsp. sugar
  • 2 c. warm water
  • 5-5 1/2 c. flour
  • 2 tbsp. butter, melted
  • 2 tbsp. cornmeal

In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast, salt and sugar in warm water. Gradually stir in flour, adding only until the mixture refuses to absorb more. On a floured board knead the dough for 3-4 minutes. Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and brush the top lightly with butter. Cover with a damp cloth.

Set the dough aside in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until it is double in bulk. Butter a baking sheet and sprinkle it with cornmeal, shaking off the excess. Punch down the dough. Transfer the dough to a floured board and divide it into thirds. Roll each portion into an 8 x 13 inch rectangle.

Roll each rectangle up from the long side, seal and shape ends. Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet and with a sharp knife make several diagonal cuts across the tops. Brush lightly with melted butter. Let rise in a warm place about 45 minutes. Place the bread on the middle rack in oven.

Place a pan of hot water on bottom of oven. Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes. Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 minutes. Makes 3 loaves.