Crusty French Bread

Crusty French Bread

Time: 50 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon yeast
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 5 -5 1/2 cups bread flour

Directions

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