French Loaf

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Christine Tanti

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Medium 👍


550 g bread flour
2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
2 tsp instant yeast
1 tbsp olive oil
350 ml water (warm)
cornmeal (for dusting)
egg white
sesame seed (for sprinkling)
  • Step 1/6

    • 550 g bread flour
    • 2 tsp salt
    • 1 tbsp sugar
    • 2 tsp instant yeast

    In a mixing bowl add the flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Give them a stir.

  • Step 2/6

    • 1 tbsp olive oil
    • 350 ml water (warm)

    Add the warm water and olive oil to the dry ingredients and knead on medium speed for 3-5 mins or until the dough is smooth. It is normal to be a little tacky but not too much. Add flour or warm water as necessary, depending on the dough's consistency.

  • Step 3/6

    Place the dough in an oiled bowl, covered with plastic wrap, and keep in a warm place for 2 hours, or until doubled in size.

  • Step 4/6

    • cornmeal (for dusting)

    Line a baking sheet with baking parchment and sprinkle some cornmeal on the parchment. Set this baking sheet aside.

  • Step 5/6

    After the dough has doubled in size, put it on a floured surface and give it a little punch. Cut the dough in half and shape the two halves into two loaves on the baking sheet (or prepare one big loaf/more, smaller loaves). Slit (score) the top of each loaf with a knife. Cover the baking sheet and keep in a warm place to proof for about 1 hour.

  • Step 6/6

    • egg white
    • sesame seed (for sprinkling)

    After proofing (doubled in size), brush the loaves with the egg white and sprinkle the sesame seeds all over. Bake in a pre-heated oven at gas mark 4 for around 50 minutes or until you see that the bread is golden brown and baked evenly.