Herbes De Provence French Bread

Herbes De Provence French Bread

  Yield: 4 Loaves

2 1/2 c Warm water
1 pk Dry yeast
2 tb Sugar
1 tb Salt
2 tb Herbes De Provence
7 c Flour
1 Egg white; lightly beaten

Stir the first five ingredients together to
dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt. Stir in the
flour. Knead 10 minutes. Let rise, covered, until
doubled in bulk. Punch down; knead three or four
times to remove air, then divide in four equal
pieces. Shape each piece into a long loaf and
place in a well greased French bread pan; slash
the top. Brush the loaves with the egg white and
let rise until doubled. Bake 10 minutes in an oven
preheated to 400°, then reduce the heat to 350° and
ake 20 minutes longer, or until the loaves sound
hollow when tapped. Remove the loaves from the
pans and cool on racks. Wrap in aluminum foil and
freeze if desired.