Yum! Two amazing loaves of french bread in under 3 hours total.
2 tbsp. active dry yeast 2 cups warm water
2 tsp. salt 1 tsp. sugar
4-1/2 to 5 cups bread flour*
1 tsp. cornmeal
- In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the salt, sugar and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
- Turn onto a floured surface and knead until smooth and elastic.
- Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hr.
- Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into 12" long loaves.
- Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 mins.
- Sprinkle with cornmeal. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.
* I used regular AP flour and they turned out great. I'm going to experiment with using actual bread flour and see what the difference is. They can only get better. I made the entire recipe in my large mixer bowl using my dough hooks. I took it out and kneaded it for maybe 2 minutes or so!
I'd invite you over for a slice or two, but in this family, homemade bread doesn't last long!