Art's French Bread (NOT bread machine)

Recipe by echo echo
READY IN: 2hrs 55mins
YIELD: 3-4 loaves




  • Pour the yogurt into a fairly large pan and add the hot water.
  • Put 1 Tbs yeast on one side of the bowl and 1 Tbs on the other.
  • Do the same with salt and sugar.
  • DO NOT STIR this mixture.
  • Let set until a scummy surface is formed.
  • Then add 2 cups flour and stir.
  • Add 2 more cups flour and continue mixing.
  • Slowly add 2 more cups flour or slightly more until the dough becomes real pasty.
  • Flour a bread board and knead the dough.
  • Continue to knead until the dough becomes somewhat stiff.
  • Place the dough in the bowl and let rise 1 hour, then punch it down and knead it again.
  • Let it rise again, then cut into 3-4 loaves and form into loaf shape.
  • Spread a light film of butter on foil or a baking sheet and sprinkle corn meal over the film of butter.
  • Place the loaves on the foil 1½-2" apart.
  • Mix egg white with a little water and a pinch of salt and paint the loaves with this mixture.
  • Score the loaves.
  • Bake on middle rack of oven at 375° 30-40 minute If the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your finger, it's done.
  • 3-4 loaves.