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Mrs. Calvert's homemade French Bread Recipe



-3 cups all purpose flour

-3/4 teaspoon active dry yeast

-3/4 teaspoon salt

1 cup warm water

1/2 tablespoon cornmeal

1 egg white

1 tablespoon water


1. In a large bowl, combine salt, yeast and flour. Stir in 2 cups of warm water and using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment, beat until will blended. Stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can, using a wooden spoon.

 2. Lightly flour a surface and knead the until the dough is stiff, smooth and elastic. This will take a total of about 8-10 minutes. Shape your dough into a ball, place in greased bowl and turn once. Cover and place in a warm place and let rise double its size.

3. Punch the dough down on a lightly floured surface. Cover and let sit for 10 minutes. Roll the dough starting from a long side into large rectangles. Moisten the edge of the dough with water and seal. Taper ends. 

4. Take a large baking sheet, grease and sprinkle with cornmeal. Seam side down, place loaf on the prepared sheet. Add 1 tablespoon of water and lightly beat egg white with it. Brush over the break and cover with a damp cloth. Let sit and rise at least double which is about 35-40 minutes. 

5. Across the top the loaf, slice 4 diagonal cuts about 1/4" deep. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C) and bake for 20 minutes. Again, brush with egg white mixture and bake for an additional 13-18 minutes, or until the bread tests done. 



1. Slice angel food cake in 3 equal layers and place bottom layer on your serving tray.

2. In a large bowl, using a wooden spoon, mix together sour cream, sugar and crushed strawberries.

3. Fold your sour cream mixture with the bananas and sliced strawberries and whipped cream

4. Spread approx 1/2 between each layer and on top of the cake. 

5. Garnish with sliced strawberries and rosemary leaves. 



- 1 prepared angel food cake (8 to 10 ounces)

- 1/2 cup sour cream

- 1/4 cup sugar

- 1/2 cup crushed strawberries

- 1/2 cup drained & sliced strawberries

- 1 cup sliced bananas

- 1 cup whipped cream