Crusty French Bread

Crusty French Bread Recipe

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Martha Robbins


Hubby and I love soup and bread, bt hated that most bread gets just ick (don't know how else to put that) when trying to soak up the juices. I don't even know how I came by this but pretty sure one of my 6 sisters gave it to me... it soaks up the juice like a sponge and keeps the texture.


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15 Min
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  • 1 pkg
    dry active yeast
  • 1 3/4 c
    water, warm (120'-130')
  • 1 Tbsp
  • 2 tsp
  • 4 c
    all porpose flour

How to Make Crusty French Bread


  1. In a large bowl, dissolve the yeast, sugar and salt in the warm water. Add all the flour and mix real well.
  2. Cover the bowl (I just use plastic wrap) and let rise til doubled in size.
  3. Leave it in the bowl and pound it hard 18-20 times with a closed fist.
  4. Divide dough in half and make 2 long slender rolls.Put on a large greased baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel and let rise again til doubled in size. Then brush with melted butter.
  5. Bake in preheated 400' oven for 30-35 minutes. Take out and brush with melted butter again.
  6. *** please note that when you first take it out of the oven it will be VERY crusty but does soften as it cools. This freezes really well and just reheat wrapped in foil.

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About Crusty French Bread

Course/Dish: Savory Breads
Main Ingredient: Flour
Regional Style: Italian

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