Super Yummy French Bread
DirectionsPour yeast, 1 tablespoon (first tablespoon) sugar, and the lukewarm water in a bowl.
Let sit In the meantime mix melted shortening, remaining two tablespoons sugar, all of the salt, the scalded milk, and two cups of the flour.
Mix until smooth.
Add the yeast mixture.
Alternately add the rest of the flour (including semolina) and hot water.
Knead on a floured surface for about five minutes ( I did mine for about 10 or until my arm fell off since I am a slow kneader- you should be able to tell by how well your bread stretches).
Put in a BUTTERED bowl and let rise in a warm place until double in size (Mine rose for 50 minutes in an oven on the warm setting).
Punch down in order to shape into three loaves and brush with beaten egg.
Let loaves rise on BUTTERED baking sheets until double in size.
Optional- slit with scissors at 45 degrees and brush again with egg before baking.
Bake at 375 for about 40 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.