French Bread


1 package yeast
2 cups lukewarm water
4 cups sifted flour
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt


Dissolve the yeast in 1 cup of the water. Sift the flour, sugar and salt, stir in the yeast. Add just enough of the second cup of water to hold the dough together. Mix until soft and sticky. Cover with a clean cloth, set in a warm spot and let rise until double (2-4 hours). When the dough is high and spongy, punch it down and beat for several minutes with floured hands. Divide the bread in two parts and place each part in long loaves (roll out the dough and roll into a tight cylinder, pinching the edges firmly together) on a greased cookie sheet or in greased round glass baking casseroles. Cover again and let rise until double in size. Start oven at 400 degrees F. Brush the bread with melted butter and bake for 1 hour.

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2 loaves

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