Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 30 mins

My husband's grandmother was famous for this bread. They lived in France for awhile so this should be the real deal. Also, very nice for those of us without bread machines!


  1. Dissolve yeast in water.
  2. Add other ingredients and enough flour to make a stiff dough.
  3. Let rise, punch down, and make into three or four long, thin loaves.
  4. Place on baking sheets dusted wiht corn meal and let rise.
  5. Cut gashes into loaves, and place into a 350 degree oven for 30 minutes.
  6. For a glaze, you can brush tops with mixture of one beaten egg white and 2 tablespoons of water.
Most Helpful

Good basic french bread recipe. I was a little nervous about not doing an initial rise for the dough, but found that it worked very well. I made four small loaves, we ate one fresh and the other three were placed in the freezer for later use. The only complaint I had was my bread didn't get crusty, but stayed soft. My husband prefers it that way, but I like crispy bread.

Erindipity August 18, 2008