I love how you can take this one recipe and make so many wonderful things with it! Thanks, again, Mom! My favorite is to make the bread bowls and fill them with my mom's Cheesy Broccoli soup. But that's not what I made the other day, so you get a picture of bread sticks! Some day...
1/2 C warm water
2 tbsp yeast
2 C hot water
3 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
1 tbsp oil
6 C flour
Dissolve yeast in 1/2 C warm water. Add rest of ingredients and knead thoroughly. Let rest 10 minutes, then beat down. Repeat 5 more times.
For French bread:
Roll dough into two 9x13" rectangles. Roll up jelly-roll style and pinch seam. Place on cookie sheets sprinkled with corn meal. Brush with beaten egg white and sprinkle with sesame seeds. Cut three shallow diagonal slices on top. Bake 30 minutes at 400 degrees.
For Bread bowls:
Divide dough into 8 equal pieces. Shape each into a ball by tucking under the sides until top is smooth. Bake as for French bread, but cut an X in the top instead of slices.
For Bread sticks:
Roll dough out 1/2" thick. Using pizza cutter, cut into strips 1" wide. Sprinkle with Parmesan cheese, sesame seeds, grated cheddar cheese, or garlic. Bake as for French bread
For Giant Pretzels:
Divide dough into 12 equal pieces. Roll each piece between hands to make a 15" snake. Shape like a pretzel, sprinkle with salt. Bake as for French bread.