Berny Unruh: 2021 Best Bread

Berny Unruh
K-State Research and Extension
Berny Unruh

Following the Ellis County Fair, we always invite the 4-H Foods champions to share their prize-winning recipes. The Best Bread award was won by Mary Elizabeth (Lizzy) Vajnar. Next week the Best Cookie by Logan Leiker will be featured. Congratulations to both of these 4-H members on their hard work in the 4-H Foods project.

French Loaf by Lizzy Vajnar

Add the following (in order listed) into bread machine pan:

  • ¾ cup + 2 TB of 80OF water
  • 1 TB Vegetable Oil
  • 1 TB Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 2 ¼ cup bread flour
  • 1 ½ tsp Active Dry Yeast (add to small indention in flour)

Program bread machine for a French Course (For Breadman Pro the French Course is 5); press start.      

After bread machine has kneaded twice (25 minutes), rose twice (70 minutes), pull dough from the machine. Form dough into loaf. (Press into 12 in. x 8 in. rectangle. Roll to form loaf.  Pinch ends under.)

Cover with oiled plastic wrap and let rise in warm place till doubled (60 minutes).

Combine 1 TB water and egg-white. Brush with pastry brush over top of loaf.

Decorate with sunflower kernels on top of loaf and slice top of loaf diagonally 3-4 times.

Bake at 375oF for 20 minutes. Remove from oven and coat with melted butter.

For more information about joining the 4-H Program in Ellis County, check out the Cottonwood District Extension web page You may also contact the Cottonwood District Extension office in Hays, 601 Main Street, Hays, KS or email Susan Schlichting at

Berny Unruh is the Family and Community Wellness Agent for the Cottonwood Extension District.  She can be reached at 785-628-9430 or at