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Delicious French Stick

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Delicious French Stick is an simple French recipe that may take a while but the result is amazing. Prepare in advance with only a few ingredients but the French Stick can be used with so many courses. Garlic bread, sandwich/snack, side dish, breakfast/brunch and ideal with soups and pasta dishes.

Delicious French Stick - TheRecipe.Website

Delicious French Stick

Superb recipe that is simple to follow and has an amazing fresh flavour.
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Course: Bread, Breakfast, Brunch, Side Dish, Snacks
Cuisine: French
Keyword: Bread
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Dough to Rise: 14 hours
Total Time: 14 hours 35 minutes
Servings: 4 French Sticks
Calories: 454kcal


  • 1 bowl
  • 1 wooden spoon
  • 1 Cling Film/ Plastic Wrap



  • Add the water to a large glass mixing bowl and add the yeast using a wooden spoon/spatula. Stir well.
  • Add the salt and continue to stir/beat/mix until the dough mixture is thick and you can wipe the flour off the side of a bowl with it. Should take up to 10 minutes but faster if using a mixer with a dough tool.
  • Cover the bowl with cling film/shrink wrap and place to one side to allow it to rise. It should double in size overnight. (12 hours)
  • (I put the bowl into a cupboard so its dark and not cold to help).
  • Lightly oil two baking trays (two sticks per tray)
  • When risen, the dough will be very sticky and quite bubbly. That’s the yeast working.
  • Sprinkle plenty of flour over a cool work surface and remove the dough from the bowl onto it. (a wooden spoon dusted with flour helps.)
  • Dust your hands with a little flour and knead the dough into a rectangle shape. Cut into 4 equal pieces.
  • Dust each piece with flour and gently roll the dough, working it gently. It should stretch into a roll of about 9 – 10 inches by 1 1/2 inches. When it is the shape you want, carefully transfer to the lightly oiled baking trays.
  • Repeat the process until all of the French sticks are rolled and on the trays.
  • Lightly dust the sticks again and lightly cover with more cling film, plastic wrap for a further 1 1/2 to 2 hours. They will almost double again in size, hence only two sticks per tray.
  • Pre heat the oven to 250C/500F/Gas Mark 9 or as high as it will go. Place a high sided baking tray in the base of the oven to heat up.
  • Using a sharp knife cut several slashes into the top of the dough at an angle
  • When the baking try is hot, add water to the tray create steam in the oven. (helps the dough cook perfectly)
  • Place the trays into the heated oven above the water bath and cook for 15 to 20 minutes or until they look lovely and golden bread.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool on a wire rack.


Sodium: 1025mg | Calcium: 22mg | Vitamin C: 1mg | Vitamin A: 3IU | Sugar: 1g | Fiber: 3g | Potassium: 132mg | Calories: 454kcal | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Fat: 2g | Protein: 15g | Carbohydrates: 91g | Iron: 1mg