I love making homemade bread. This Breadmaker French Bread is one of the recipes I use a lot. It's super simple since the bread machine does most of the work for me. If your family enjoys homemade bread, definitely give this recipe a try!
originally from Taste of Home
Yields: 2 loaves (16 slices each)
1-1/4 cups water
2 tsp. sugar
1 tsp. salt
3-1/2 cups bread flour
1-1/2 tsp. active dry yeast
1 tbsp. cornmeal
Glaze: 1 egg
1 tbsp. water
2 tsp. sesame seeds, toasted, optional
In bread machine pan, place the first five ingredients in order suggested by manufacturer. Select dough setting (check after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1-2 tbsp. water or flour if needed). When cycle is complete, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Roll each portion into a 10x8-in. rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with the long side; pinch to seal seams.
Sprinkle a greased baking sheet with cornmeal. Place loaves seam-side down on prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20-30 minutes.
Meanwhile, preheat oven to 375 degrees.
Whisk egg and water; brush over loaves. With a sharp knife, make 4 shallow slashes across the loaves. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
Bake at in preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.
I hope you enjoy!