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French Bread

French Bread

Prep
Cook
Serves 10people
Ingredients
2 1/2
cups of warm water
1
tbsp of rapid rising yeast
1/2
cup of sugar
2
tsp of salt
5-6
cups of all purpose flour
Directions
1.
Mix the warm water, yeast, and sugar together in a large mixing bowl, until nearly disolved
2.
Mix in the salt and then 5 of the 6 cups of flour
3.
If the dough is still sticky, add the remaining cup of flour. If it is still too sticky, add another ½ cup of flour
4.
Mix until it forms a ball, and then cover with a cloth or plastic wrap
5.
Let the dough ball rise in the bowl until it doubles in size (1-2 hours)
6.
Divide the risen dough in half
7.
Roll out each ball into a large rectangle (the length of your baking sheet)
8.
Starting at a long edge, roll each rectangle, until your dough is shaped like a jelly roll
9.
Place both loaves on the baking sheet, with spacing on each side
10.
Cover and let rise until the loaves become as large as you prefer
11.
Bake at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes, until it just starts to turn golden
12.
Immediately rub the top of the bread with butter, to give it a shine

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