I've been on an interesting bread baking kick lately and wanted to learn how to make my own French bread. I found this recipe online on allrecipes.com and it was highly rated. It turned out awesome but it's not a processed to be rushed. The recipe said it should only take about 2 hours and 40 minutes to make, but after 3 hours and 45 minutes I felt like was rushing it along in order for my family to have it for dinner. So start this process early and give the bread proper time to raise. This recipe has a great crusty outside and chewy inside. I made two loaves so that I could freeze one and eat one fresh for dinner that night.
6 cups all-purpose flour
2 1/2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
2 cups warm water (110 degrees F/45 degrees C)
1 tablespoon cornmeal
1 egg white
1 tablespoon water
Stir in 2 cups warm water.
Beat until well blended using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment. Using a wooden spoon, stir in as much of the remaining flour as you can.
Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.
If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent over browning.
Remove from baking sheet, and cool on a wire rack.