French White Bread

Recipe by PaulaG
READY IN: 4hrs 30mins
YIELD: 1 loaf




  • Insert the dough hook into your mixer.
  • In large mxing bowl, dissolve the yeast in 3/4 cup warm water.
  • Add the starter, salt, sugar and 1 1/2 cups flour.
  • Mix on medium until smooth and flour is incorporated, about 1 1/2 minutes.
  • Cover and let rise for 60 to 90 minutes or until double in bulk.
  • On low speed of mixer, slowly add remaining flour and baking soda.
  • Knead dough for 5 to 7 minutes with dough hook.
  • The dough should have a satin texture and form a ball, cleaning sides of the bowl.
  • Shape the dough into a ball and let rest on a floured board for 10 minutes.
  • Form into a French loaf, place on greased cookie sheet that has been lightly dusted with cornmeal.
  • Make 3 to 5 diagonal slashes on top of loaf with sharp knife or scissors.
  • Cover and let rise 90 minutes.
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 50 minutes.
  • When baked the loaf will be nicely brown and sound hollow when tapped with knuckles.