by Michelle
I have made about a kazillion loaves of french bread…this is the best recipe that I have ever used! 



3 1/2  cups all purpose flour

2 teaspoons salt

2 ½ teaspoons active dry yeast

¼ cup warm water

1 1/4  cups warm water

Soften yeast in warm water for 10 minutes

Place flour and salt in bowl of stand mixer…stir to combine

Add softened yeast mixture and warm water

Stir to blend…increase speed and knead for 5 minutes til smooth

Place dough in a bowl covered with cling wrap til doubled in volume

Punch down and shape into loaves…allow to raise again

Bake in a preheated oven 400*F…check at 25 minutes

Using a water filled spray bottle…spritz oven every 10 minutes

Loaves are done when golden and sound hollow when tapped on bottom