Sesame French Bread


Source: Mary Szymkowiak (1996)
Prep time: 1 5⁄6 hoursCooking time: 25 minutesTotal time: 2 1⁄4 hours

Ingredients

2 pk
active dry yeast (1/4 oz.)
2 1⁄2 c
water (warm, 110°-115°)
2 T
sugar
2 T
vegetable oil
2 t
salt
6 c
flour (up to 6 1/2 cups)
 
Cornmeal
1
egg white
1 T
water
2 T
sesame seed

Instructions

In large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add sugar, oil, salt and 4 cups of flour; beat until smooth. Add enough remaining flour to form a soft dough. Turn onto a floured board; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6 to 8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about an hour. Punch dough down, then divide in half. Roll each half into a 15 x 10-inch rectangle. Roll up from long side and seal well. Place with seam side down on a greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Beat egg white and water; brush over loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seed. Cover with plastic wrap sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Let rise 30 minutes. With a knife, make 4 diagonal slits across top of each loaf. Bake at 400° for 25 minutes.