I love French bread. So does Z. So I went hunting for a recipe. After trying it out I made a few changes, and this is what I've come up with. I make 2-3 times a week.
You can make this in your bread machine, or by hand.
In your machine put in:
3 heaping cups of flour
2 tsp of salt
1 pkg of yeast
2 1/4 cups of water
Choose the option for dough only (you can bake in your machine, too, but I like the shape of French bread.)
When the dough is done, turn it out on a floured surface
With your hands, stretch it out into a rectangle shape
Roll and pinch until you have reached your desired shape (be sure to pinch well)
Place on a greased sheet, baking stone, or whatever you would bake artisan breads on
Make a few slices in the dough for effect
*note, you can also make this into a round bread - I did that the last time and it turned out very well*
Let rise one hour
Bake at 400 until golden brown (about 1/2 or so)
Thank you for sharing...