New Orleans French Bread

Recipe by LoversDream
READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
YIELD: 3 Loafs




  • In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast, salt and sugar in warm water.
  • Gradually stir in flour, adding only until the mixture refuses to absorb more.
  • On a floured board knead the dough for 3-4 minutes.
  • Transfer the dough to a greased bowl and brush the top lightly with butter.
  • Cover with a damp cloth.
  • Set the dough aside in a warm place to rise for 1 1/2 hours or until it is double in bulk.
  • Butter a baking sheet and sprinkle it with cornmeal, shaking off the excess.
  • Punch down the dough.
  • Transfer the dough to a floured board and divide it into thirds.
  • Roll each portion into an 8 x 13 inch rectangle.
  • Roll each rectangle up from the long side, seal and shape ends.
  • Place the loaves on the prepared baking sheet and with a sharp knife make several diagonal cuts across the tops.
  • Brush lightly with melted butter.
  • Let rise in a warm place about 45 minutes.
  • Place the bread on the middle rack in oven.
  • Place a pan of hot water on bottom of oven.
  • Bake at 450 degrees for 5 minutes.
  • Reduce oven temperature to 350 degrees and continue baking for 30 minutes.
  • Note: Cooking time includes rising times.