Whole Wheat French Bread

I wanted to make a pot of soup for dinner so I decided to also make a loaf of bread to go with it. One of my very favorite breads is this Crusty French Bread that I love to make. It’s simple and has always turned out delicious for me. I decided to make this bread more nutritious by using half whole wheat flour. I had to add a bit more water to the dough but other than that it was very easy to make. It smelled divine while it baked and my kids gobbled up freshly baked bread while doing homework… they couldn’t wait until dinner. They loved it and so did I. It paired nicely with the soup and tasted fantastic.

Place all dough ingredients (through yeast) in the bread machine in the order listed. Put the yeast in a well in the center of the flour. Select the dough cycle and press start. Once the bread machine stops (it was one and a half hours on my machine). Remove the pan from the bread machine and punch the dough down (deflate it), then cover and let it rise a second time, until doubled in size, at least 30 minutes.

Remove the dough and place it on a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch the seam together. Tuck the ends underneath. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the bread on the prepared baking sheet.

Cover and let the bread rise until it doubles in size, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Carefully make several evenly placed diagonal cuts (with a sharp knife) on top of the loaf. Beat together the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water then brush over each loaf with a pastry brush.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks. Enjoy.

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Whole Wheat French Bread

Yield: 1 large loaf

Ingredients:

1 cup + 2 tbsp of warm water
1 tbsp olive oil
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar
1 1/2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 1/2 cups of all purpose flour
1 head of roasted garlic, chopped up (click here for recipe)
1 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
Cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tbsp water

Directions:

Place all dough ingredients (through yeast) in the bread machine in the order listed. Put the yeast in a well in the center of the flour. Select the dough cycle and press start.

Once the bread machine stops (it was one and a half hours on my machine). Remove the pan from the bread machine and punch the dough down (deflate it), then cover and let it rise a second time, until doubled in size, about 30 minutes.

Remove the dough and place it on a floured surface and knead for 1 minute. Roll the dough into a rectangle. Roll up jelly roll fashion and pinch the seam together. Tuck the ends underneath. Line a baking sheet with a silpat mat and sprinkle with cornmeal. Place the bread on the prepared baking sheet; cover and let rise until it doubles in size, at least 30 minutes.

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Carefully make several evenly placed diagonal cuts (with a sharp knife) on top of the loaf. Beat together the egg white and 1 tablespoon of water then brush over each loaf with a pastry brush.

Place the baking sheet in the oven and bake for 23-25 minutes, or until the loaf is golden brown and it sounds hollow when tapped. Remove from baking sheet and cool on wire racks. Enjoy.

Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of Cooking
Original recipe by Lynda's Recipe Box

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28 Responses to “Whole Wheat French Bread”

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    Anne ~ Uni Homemaker — February 27, 2013 @ 8:49 pm

    I love homemade bread. Although I have not had the courage to make one at home yet. Yours look delicious!

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    gloria — February 27, 2013 @ 8:50 pm

    I love to make bread! And love this recipe.I bookmarked!

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    Katarina — February 27, 2013 @ 9:00 pm

    The bread looks so yummy and perfect!

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    Hari Chandana — February 27, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Perfect and soft bread.. looks great !!

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    Jenn — February 28, 2013 @ 4:19 am

    Nothing goes better with a good bowl of soup than warm crusty bread.. and when that warm crusty bread is homemade… mmmmmmm… a true winner!!

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    Diane — February 28, 2013 @ 4:58 am

    Mmmmm I can smell it from here :-) Diane

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    Katie C. — February 28, 2013 @ 5:17 am

    So how do you change the recipe if you don’t have a bread machine?

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    Mary — February 28, 2013 @ 6:00 am

    Nothing beats a crusty loaf of fresh bread along with a bowl of soup. This bread looks perfect, Pam. Have a blessed day!

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    Joanne — February 28, 2013 @ 7:09 am

    Yum yum yum! You definitely stirred a bread and butter craving in me!

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    Rhonda (@diningalone) — February 28, 2013 @ 10:28 am

    Good bread makes such a difference!! I just had a delicious brie sandwich on a great baguette the other day.

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    bellini — February 28, 2013 @ 12:36 pm

    The smell from your kitchen must have been amazing.

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    teresa — February 28, 2013 @ 12:42 pm

    mmmm, i could really go for a warm loaf of bread fresh from the oven! delicious!

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    Natalie — February 28, 2013 @ 5:34 pm

    How delicious! My problem would be eating the whole thing! I love fresh baked bread!

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    Peggy Recker — February 28, 2013 @ 7:36 pm

    I swear I’m coming to your house for dinner sometime!

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    Words Of Deliciousness — February 28, 2013 @ 7:55 pm

    Your bread looks fantastic. Homemade bread is always a family pleaser.

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    Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — February 28, 2013 @ 10:33 pm

    Is there anything better than a homemade loaf of bread? I’m sure I can make a dinner out of this!

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    Angie@Angie's Recipes — March 1, 2013 @ 3:19 am

    I am thinking to turn some leftover to the French toast!

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    Chris — March 3, 2013 @ 5:09 am

    I could go for some fresh baked bread this morning, that sounds great. Makes the best french toast.

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    patsy — March 3, 2013 @ 4:07 pm

    Love this loaf! I’m going to have to give it a try as I’ve had baking bread on my list lately and I like that you used some whole wheat flour to make it a bit healthier.

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    Poe — March 28, 2013 @ 10:29 am

    I have been dying to make bread, so I tried it out yesterday. Not sue if it’s the way that I made it but the loaf was quite dense. And in the photos you have up, it looks quite similar to the loaf I made. Could it be the whole wheat flour that made it become dense rather than light and fluffy? Or is there something I need to add to the process?

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    • Pam replied: — March 30th, 2013 @ 2:06 pm

      Poe,

      In my experience, whole wheat flour makes my breads more dense than regular flour too. Luckily, my family still enjoys it. I don’t know what could be done to make it fluffier.

      Pam

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    Kathryn — April 20, 2013 @ 9:38 am

    Is the chopped garlic necessary? I thought french bread was supposed to be kind of sweet. Is it more of a personal preference thing? Although, I bet it would smell AWESOME while cooking….hmmmm…

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    Kathryn — April 20, 2013 @ 9:39 am

    By the way, I hope you don’t take that as a criticism, I was just browsing through some of your recipes and they look amazing!

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    Pam — April 20, 2013 @ 10:56 am

    Kathryn,

    I didn’t take it as criticism at all. Garlic get’s fairly sweet & subtle after roasting so I thought it was a wonderful addition to this bread. It’s totally a personal preference and you don’t have to include it if you don’t want to.

    Cheers,
    Pam

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    Carol — November 10, 2014 @ 1:51 pm

    I followed the recipe exactly and had to throw it out! No taste, hard and the texture was terrible. What did I do wron?

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    • Pam replied: — November 10th, 2014 @ 3:46 pm

      Carol,

      I am not sure what happened. I am sorry it didn’t turn out for you.

      Pam

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