package active dry yeast
1-1/2 cups warm water
1 Tablespoon sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1 Tablespoon butter
4-1/4 cups all-purpose or bread flour
2 teaspoons cornmeal
large mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
Add sugar, salt, butter, and 2 cups of the flour.
Beat until thoroughly mixed. Add
remaining flour till dough is easy to handle.
Knead for five to ten minutes till dough is elastic.
Let rise 60-75 minutes. Punch
down; divide into two equal pieces. Shape
each piece into narrow loaves 14 inches long.
grease two French bread pans, sprinkle 1 teaspoon cornmeal in each and shake to
distribute evenly. Place loves in
pans. With sharp knife, make 3-4
diagonal slashes 1/4-inch deep. Do
not cover. Let rise for 45-60
for 25-30 minutes. Remove from pan
adapted from Ecko Bakeware)