Total Time
Prep 1 hr 30 mins
Cook 30 mins

This is basically a standard French bread loaf recipe scaled up and modified for 4 hoagies, with my own observations and tips regarding making them suitable for eating sandwiches. The key point is that biting through the crust of a roll into a sandwich requires a crust that isn't tough.


  1. Combine yeast with tepid but not warm water and let sit until convinced the yeast isn't dead, 10 minutes maximum.
  2. In a large bowl, combine most of the flour, oil and salt, add the water/yeast, and stir/add flour until the ball pulls away from the bowl.
  3. Sprinkle flour over a kneading surface and over the ball, and knead for about 7 minutes.
  4. Lightly oil a bowl and allow to rise until doubled, usually about 50-60 minutes if in a barely warm place.
  5. Punch down the dough, divide into quarters, and shape into 4 hoagies roughly 6" x 3.5" or so. Allow to rise for 20 minutes.
  6. Preheat the oven at 425, with a baking stone in the center rack and a ceramic dish on the bottom while the bread rises.
  7. Transfer the rolls to the stone, return the stone to the center rack, and turn the heat down to 375.
  8. For each of the first 4 minutes baking, toss a dash of water across the bottom of the ceramic dish to create steam.
  9. The rolls should be medium brown and more than doubled in height within 29-30 minutes.
Most Helpful

Very good! I left them in the oven too long, and they developed a fantastic crust! The crumb was perfect for Hoagies, tender and moist. The crunchy ones we are going to eat as frengh bread, and I will make another batch for my Roast beef au jus! A tiny bit too salty, so i will cut that by 1/4 tsp. and I will set the timer so I get a softer crust. One thing, though, I would NOT use a ceramic dish to create steam. I tmay crack! Use a cast iron skillet that you no longer use( it will rust). I use a broiler pan filled with lava rocks.

pammyowl May 17, 2011

A good basic recipe. My dough took a lot longer to proof. It took over 90 minutes the first rise and 45 the second rise, and I used the recommended amount of yeast. I decreased the salt by 1/4 tsp, but realized that probably wasn't necessary to do. I will make the hoagies small and flatter next time so it's a little easier to bite into the sandwich.

lilcritta2 July 23, 2011