Sourdough French Bread

Recipe by Nimz_
READY IN: 3hrs 40mins




  • In a Kitchen Aide mixing bowl dissolve yeast in warm water and let sit for 5-8 minutes.
  • Add sourdough starter, olive oil, salt, garlic powder and cheese.
  • With the paddle of the mixer, mix until well combined.
  • Change to the dough hook.
  • Add 4 cups of flour and knead for 7-8 minutes. (Add additional flour as needed).
  • Coat a large bowl with olive oil.
  • Turn the dough into the bowl and turn to coat.
  • Cover and let sit until doubled in size (about an hour).
  • Turn dough out onto a floured surface.
  • Cut dough in half and roll out into an oval shape about 9X12.
  • Beginning at the bottom edge, roll up and pinch seam
  • Spray a baking sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • Place the loaves on the sheet, seam side down.
  • Make shallow slashes on top of the loaves with a sharp knif or razor blade.
  • Cover and let rise until about double (about 30-40 minutes).
  • Heat oven to 375.
  • Place bread in the oven and spray the sides of the oven and the bread with water.
  • Repeat this every 5 minutes for the first 15 minutes.
  • Continue baking for another 20-25 minutes or until golden brown.
  • Remove and cool on wire racks.