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Homemade French Bread

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  1. Dissolve yeast in warm water.
  2. Combine Sugar, shortening, salt, and water together and let cool to lukewarm.
  3. Add in yeast mixture.
  4. Stir in flour.
  5. Knead 10 minutes, or until smooth and elastic
  6. Place in greased bowl, turning once.
  7. Let rise until doubled. Punch down and let rest 15 minutes. Divide dough in half.
  8. On floured surface, roll each half to a 12"x15" rectangle. Roll up, starting at 15" edge.
  9. Place loaves on greased cookie sheets and make 4 or 5 slashes diagonally across tops.
  10. Let rise until double.
  11. Mix egg and milk and brush on top of bread.
  12. Sprinkle on poppy or sesame seeds, if desired.
  13. Bake at 400 F for 20 minutes.

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