Crusty French Bread

Recipe by PCrocker
READY IN: 50mins
YIELD: 2 loaves




  • Dissolve yeast in warm water (110 degrees) and sugar in large bowl; allow yeast to proof or foam (about 10 minutes).
  • Add salt, oil, and 3 cups flour; beat for 2 minutes.
  • Stir in 2 cups flour to make a stiff dough.
  • Knead until smooth and elastic, about 10 minutes.
  • Place in oiled bowl, turn dough to coat all sides, cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Punch down and divide in half.
  • Shape dough into two long slender loaves.
  • Grease and sprinkle with cornmeal either a french bread pan or large cookie sheet.
  • Place loaves in pan and cut diagonal gashes on top of each loaf (I use scissors).
  • Cover and let rise until doubled.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for about 30 minutes.
  • Note: You can sprinkle or spray water on the loaves during baking if you want a really crunchy crust.