- This recipe makes 2 large loaves. You can freeze one, but I don't think French bread tastes nearly as good after it's been frozen. If you won't eat them both, I'm sure a neighbor or a friend would be happy to take one off your hands!
- You can add herbs, minced garlic or grated cheese to the egg wash mixture for a more flavorful bread. If you're unsure about what would taste good, brush one loaf with the plain egg wash and then mix seasonings in with the remaining mixture to brush on the second loaf. Parmesan, garlic powder and oregano work well together.
- If you are using Instant Rise Yeast that doesn't need to bloom in water that's fine. You still need to dissolve it in the 2 1/2 cups of warm water for this recipe though.
- During the colder months it can be hard to find a warm, draft free place for the dough to rise. I usually put a tea towel in the dryer before I start mixing the ingredients. Once the dough is mixed I loosely cover it with plastic wrap and then wrap the entire bowl in the warm tea towel to insulate it.
2 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon salt
1 tablespoon melted butter
7 cups all-purpose flour
2 tablespoons white cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tablespoon butter, melted and cooled slightly
1 tablespoon cold water