This is THE BEST recipe for French bread that I have EVER found! The ranch flavor adds some zip, and the texture is golden, soft and delicious. It does take some time, but it is well worth the effort. You may be able to speed it up a little by using quick rising yeast, although I've never tried it that way. I got the recipe from a Taste of Home cookbook, but the one posted here is slightly different than the original. One word of caution: don't get the water too hot or you could "kill" the yeast, and then the bread won't rise.