Holy crap, this French bread is amazing. Normally when you go to a fancy French boulangerie and order a baguette you think “Jeez, this must be so hard to make. So fancy and French…” Apparently French bread is not that hard at all. I was actually shocked at how easy this was compared to how amazing it turned out.
2 1/2 C Warm water
2 Tbs Yeast
3 Tbs Sugar
2 Tbs White vinegar
6 C flour
1 Tbs Salt
1/3 C Oil
Mix warm water, yeast, sugar, and white vinegar together. Let sit until it starts bubbling. Add the flour, salt, and oil. Knead the dough for about 5 minutes.
Boil a pot of water and then remove it from the heat. Place the dough in a greased bowl and put it in the oven with the pot of water. The water should be steaming but not bubbling.
Let the dough rise for 20 minutes in the stove and then punch it down. Return it to the stove and let it rise for 20 more minutes.
Remove the dough from the oven and form three long loaves. Slice the tops three times diagonally. Grease cookie sheets and sprinkle them with cornmeal, then put the bread on top of the sheets.
Let the dough rise for 30 minutes and then preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Bake the bread for 30 minutes. Eat it while it’s still warm!
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