Whole Wheat French Bread

Whole Wheat French Bread

A wonderful crisp crusty crust with a soft chewy center.


  • 7 to 71/4 cups all purpose flour (I used 6 cups – 3 white and 3 whole wheat)
  • 2 packages active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon shortening (I used coconut oil)
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 1/2 cup water
  • corn meal
  • 1 egg white


  1. In large mixing bowl, combine 3 cups flour and 2 packages yeast.
  2. Heat water, sugar, salt and shortening til warm (115-120 degrees). Stirring to melt the shortening.
  3. Add to dry mixture and beat at low speed with electric mixer using dough hook for 1/2 minute, scraping bowl.
  4. Continue to beat on high for adding the remaining flour until you have a soft dough. Continue to mix until dough is soft and smooth about 8 minutes
  5. Take out of bowl and knead on flour surface till smooth ~ (as I used my dough hooks on my kitchen aide I only kneaded for about a minute).
  6. Shape in ball. Place in a greased bowl and turn once. (grease with small amount of shortening)
  7. Cover and let rise until dough doubles, about 1 1/2 hours.
  8. After dough rises to double the size, punch down and divide into two. Let dough sit 10 minutes.
  9. Roll out dough to 15 X12 inch rectangle. Roll up tight from long sides, seal well and fold ends under.
  10. Place onto greased baking sheet that is sprinkled with corn meal, seam side down.
  11. Gash tops diagonally ever 2.5 inches, 1/8 to 1/4 inch deep.
  12. Beat egg white til foamy, add 1 tbsp of water.
  13. Brush top and sides of bread with egg white (save rest for later).
  14. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour)
  15. Bake in 375 degree oven until lightly brown about 20 minutes.
  16. Take out of oven and brush with remaining frothy egg white.
  17. Bake for another 20 minutes.
  18. Remove from baking sheet and cool.


  • This recipe can be made with out a dough hook. If you don’t have a dough hook on your mixer, add the remaining flour by hand and knead for 10 -12 minutes until dough is smooth.