Lisa's Quick & Easy Crusty French Bread


1 1/2 tbsp yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tbsp sugar
1 tbsp salt
5-6 cups flour, plus extra for dusting board if necessary


Combine yeast, sugar and water and let poof. Combine other ingredients, then mix all together. Knead for 7-10 minutes. Raise until double in size. Punch down and shape. Let raise a second time for 30 minutes. Shape dough into a loaf or place in a bread pan sprayed with non-stick spray and place in an oven that has not been preheated. Using a sharp knife, make several sideways cuts across the top of bread, Set temperature at 400 degrees and bake for approximately 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and slice with a very sharp bread knife. Serve with butter and enjoy!