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Basic French Loaf

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1-1/4 C Warm Water
1 t Salt
1 (1/4 oz) PKG Active Dry Yeast
3-1/2 C Flour
Olive Oil, Optional
Italian Seasoning, Optional

In a large bowl, combine water, salt, yeast, and 1 T of the flour. Agitate slightly and let sit for 2 minutes. Add remaining flour and knead until dough is elastic.

Divide loaves into two halves, each being about 12 inches long, and place on a greased baking sheet. Cover loaves with a towel and place inside the often to raise for an hour, or until doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 450F. If desired, baste with olive oil and sprinkle with italian seasoning. Bake loaves for 20 minutes, rotating pan halfway through baking.

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