Hot, Crusty French Bread
- 3 cups all-purpose flour
- 1 package yeast (rapid-rise recommended)
- 1 cup warm water
- salt to taste (~3/4 teaspoon)
Directions: In a large bowl, combine water with yeast and salt. Let sit for five minutes. Stir in flour until the dough is stiff enough to knead. (Add flour a little at a time. Three cups flour is approximate; exact amount may vary.) Knead dough until smooth and elastic–a few minutes. Place dough in a greased bowl; cover. Let rise until doubled. Form dough into a french-style loaf and place on greased baking sheet. (Dust baking sheet with cornmeal first if desired.) Place immediately in oven (unpreheated!)–bread will rise as oven heats up. Set oven at 375-degrees. Bake for 30-40 minutes. Makes one loaf. Recipe can be doubled, tripled, and so on.