My favorite way to eat this bread is sliced with butter and honey and then put in the oven for a few minutes. The crust gets a little bit crustier and the center is soft and warm, it is sooo good!
Fabulous French Bread
2 packages of yeast (4 1/2 teaspoons)
1/2 cup warm water
Pinch of sugar
Combine water, yeast and sugar in a small bowl. Let rest 10 minutes.
2 cups hot water
3 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon salt
5 tablespoons shortening, melted
5 1/2 to 6 cups flour
Combine hot water, sugar, salt, shortening and 3 cups of flour in a bowl of electric mixer. Add yeast mixture and 2 1/2 to 3 cups of flour and mix until combined. Let dough rest for 10 minutes, beat down. Repeat the rest and beat down step 4 more times. Turn dough onto a floured surface and divide in half. Shape into 2 long loaves and place on sheet pan or a French Bread loaf pan. With a sharp knife (I use a razor blade) make 3 diagonal cuts on each loaf. Brush loaves with egg white. Let rise for 30 minutes. Bake at 400 for 25-30 minutes.
*I got this recipe from my mama, she use to make this bread all the time when I was little.