French Bread

Cooking French Bread
Cooking French Bread


2 1/2 cups hot water

2 tablespoons shortening

2 teaspoons salt

2 tablespoons sugar

2 tablespoons instant yeast

6 1/2 cups all-purpose flour


1. Place hot water in large bowl.

2. Add the shortening, salt and sugar.

3. Stir and let stand until lukewarm.

4. Sprinkle yeast over all.

5. Beat until smooth.

6. Add 3 cups flour and beat until mixed.

7. Work in 2 cups flour with a wooden spoon.

8. Gradually knead the last 1-1/2 cups flour in until no longer sticky-about 3 minutes.

9. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.

10. Punch down and place on floured board.

11. Roll out to a rectangle.

12. Cut lengthwise in half.

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