Art's French Bread (NOT bread machine)

“A recipe I got from a boss of mine years ago. Use low-fat yogurt if you want a more sour taste. Cooking time includes both time for dough to rise twice and time for baking.”
READY IN:
2hrs 55mins
YIELD:
3 loaves
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Pour the yogurt into a fairly large pan and add the hot water.
  2. Put 1 Tbs yeast on one side of the bowl and 1 Tbs on the other.
  3. Do the same with salt and sugar.
  4. DO NOT STIR this mixture.
  5. Let set until a scummy surface is formed.
  6. Then add 2 cups flour and stir.
  7. Add 2 more cups flour and continue mixing.
  8. Slowly add 2 more cups flour or slightly more until the dough becomes real pasty.
  9. Flour a bread board and knead the dough.
  10. Continue to knead until the dough becomes somewhat stiff.
  11. Place the dough in the bowl and let rise 1 hour, then punch it down and knead it again.
  12. Let it rise again, then cut into 3-4 loaves and form into loaf shape.
  13. Spread a light film of butter on foil or a baking sheet and sprinkle corn meal over the film of butter.
  14. Place the loaves on the foil 1½-2" apart.
  15. Mix egg white with a little water and a pinch of salt and paint the loaves with this mixture.
  16. Score the loaves.
  17. Bake on middle rack of oven at 375° 30-40 minute If the loaf sounds hollow when tapped with your finger, it's done.
  18. 3-4 loaves.

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