Crusty French Pistou Bread Recipe

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Crusty French Pistou Bread
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  • 3 1/2 to 4 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 2 (1/4-oz) envelopes rapid-rise yeast
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 to 2 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup olive oil
  • 1 1/3 cups hot water (120o to 130o)
  • 1 tbsp cornmeal
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp water


  1. Combine 3 1/2 cups flour and next 3 ingredients; add oil and next 4 ingredients, and beat at low speed with a heavy-duty electric mixer until blended.
  2. Add hot water; beat at medium speed until blended. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead until smooth and elastic (5 to 10 minutes), adding remaining flour as needed. Place dough in a well-greased bowl, turning to grease top.
  3. Let rise in a warm place (85°), free from drafts, 1 hour or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Punch dough down; turn out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead lightly 4 or 5 times. Divide dough in half. Shape each portion into a round loaf, and place on a lightly greased baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal.
  5. Cover and let rise in a warm place, free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk. Make 1/2-inch-deep slashes in top of each loaf with a sharp knife. Combine egg and 1 tablespoon water, stirring well; gently brush mixture over loaves.
  6. Place a shallow pan on lower oven rack; fill with boiling water. Place loaves on middle rack.
  7. Bake at 400° for 25 to 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans immediately; cool on wire racks.
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Nutrition Facts

Per ServingPer 100 g
Amount Per 1 Serving
Calories 3473.91 Kcal (14545 kJ)
Calories from fat 1090.38 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 121.15g 186%
Cholesterol 274mg 91%
Sodium 6292.52mg 262%
Potassium 1118.64mg 24%
Total Carbs 474.9g 158%
Sugars 9.34g 37%
Dietary Fiber 14.48g 58%
Protein 121.43g 243%
Vitamin C 47.9mg 80%
Iron 29.6mg 165%
Calcium 1371.5mg 137%
Amount Per 100 g
Calories 274.84 Kcal (1151 kJ)
Calories from fat 86.26 Kcal
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 9.58g 186%
Cholesterol 21.68mg 91%
Sodium 497.83mg 262%
Potassium 88.5mg 24%
Total Carbs 37.57g 158%
Sugars 0.74g 37%
Dietary Fiber 1.15g 58%
Protein 9.61g 243%
Vitamin C 3.8mg 80%
Iron 2.3mg 165%
Calcium 108.5mg 137%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
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  • salty
  • savory
  • bitter
  • sweet
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Recipe Tags

Weightwatchers Points

  • 78.8
  • 93

Good Points

  • saturated fat free

Bad Points

  • High in Sodium,
  • High in Total Fat

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