This is an amazing recipe for French bread. I love that you can also make Hoagie and Sandwich rolls with it. And I definitely need to try the Cheesy Garlic Bread Swirls too! I love how easy it is, and I really like that it raises way faster in our house than the recipe says, that makes it so much simpler to make!
Our Best Bites, Mormon Moms in the Kitchen pg 32
1 tablespoon yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoon salt
3 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 egg, separated
4-5 1/2 cups flour
2 tablespoons cold water
Add the sugar and the yeast to the warm water in the bowl of your stand mixer, cover and allow to proof for 10 minutes, it should be bubbly.
Add salt, oil, and egg yolk and combine. Save the egg white for later. Add 3 cups of flour and mix well. Add enough remaining flour to make a soft dough, I usually just add enough that the dough comes together in a ball on the attachment of the stand mixer. Knead in the mixer for 2-3 more minutes. Cover and allow to rise. The recipe calls for 1 hour and 45 minutes, maybe it has to do with the kind of yeast I use, but I've never allowed it to rise for more than an hour, by then it's pretty much filled up the bowl I've put it in.
Punch down the dough and shape into a loaf shape. (This is where you can shape into Sandwich rolls or Hoagie rolls) Place on a cooking sheet sprayed with cooking spray and allow to rise. Again the recipe calls for about 1 1/2 hours. For me, by half an hour the loaf is looking huge and I don't want it to rise any longer than that, maybe just watch it closely.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Take your reserved egg white, mix with the cold water and brush the loaf with the mixture. Bake for 10 minutes before re-brushing the loaf with the egg and water mixture. Allow to finish baking for 8 to 10 more minutes.