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(Not-So) Crusty French Bread.

I tackled French Bread today. After combing through a myriad of recipes and finding the simplest one, I sort of followed it.  The recipe was titled 'Crusty French Bread' but mine didn't come out very super crusty. Tasty? YES!!! Crusty? Not so much.


Crusty French Bread, Ingredients:

  • 1 (.25 ounce) package active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cold water

Crusty French Bread, Directions:

  1. In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water and let it sit for 5 minutes. 
  2. Add the sugar, oil, salt and 2 cups flour and beat until blended. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  3. Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour (I like to put mine in the oven with the light on). 
  4. Punch dough down; return to bowl. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
  5. Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface. Shape into a loafs. 
  6. Sprinkle a parchment lined baking sheet with cornmeal; place loafs on baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 25 minutes.
  7. Beat egg white and cold water; brush over dough. With a sharp knife, make diagonal slashes 2 in. apart across top of loaf. Bake at 375 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.
  8. ENJOY!



  1. Hi April,
    Thanks for stopping by my blog and checking out "my brain".
    When it comes to baking bread, I'm the worst, but I may be able to help you with the "crustyness" of your bread. One of my few successes in bread baking was making baguettes. To make them crusty on the outside I sprayed them with water out of a spray bottle every little bit. It's been a while, so I can't remember the timing, but I do remember it made them crusty on the outside and soft on the inside.
    Great blog by the way. I'll be back.

  2. OMG, my mouth is watering! They look divine!

  3. These are beautiful! I am going to try making them tomorrow in my bread machine for the dough part. then bake them in the oven.

  4. They look great! If you want more crustiness, try ditching the vegetable oil, first off.

    Also, stick a broiler pan in your oven before preheating, then drop a cup of hot water into it right after you put the bread in and shut the door. This will give you extra crusty goodness!


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