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One Hour French Bread

I am in a hurry and I bet you are also.   With this recipe you can have fresh, hot French Bread on your table in one hour!  It is so easy to do.  Are you ready to impress your family and friends?  Great!  Gather the ingredients and let’s get started.

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One Hour French Bread

  • 5 cup unbleached all purpose flour
  • 2 Tablespoons Fleischmann’s Bread Machine Yeast or Rapid Rise
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt
  • 2 Tablespoons honey, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups hot water, between 120 and 130 degrees F
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water

What to do

Heat water and honey, if using, between 120 and 130 degrees F  In a large bowl, stir together 3 1/2 cups flour, salt and yeast.  Add hot water and honey. Stir, adding as little flour as you can, until a soft ball forms.

Turn out on floured surface. Knead 3 – 5 minutes until dough springs back when pushed.  Roll into 11 x 13″ or so, rectangle Divide in half. Roll tightly lengthwise. Seal seams and fold ends under. Put seam side down on parchment paper lined baking sheet.  Cut diagonal slits in tops. Spray with oil and cover. Let rise 20 minutes, more time if needed, or until double in size. Halfway through rise, preheat oven to 425 degrees F.

Beat water and egg white together.  Brush tops with egg wash. Cook for 10 minutes.  Tent if getting too dark. Cook another 10 to 15 minutes.   Until tops are brown. Loaves sound hollow when tapped. Internal temperature is 190 to 200 degrees F.  Take out of oven. Enjoy!