Here is the french bread recipe, hope it makes sense!
I used to think that those recipes where they just listed the ingredients and didn't tell you how to mix it, were so nutty!
I found now as I have more experience cooking, I would use those more!
My own recipes are hard to write the directions out to, because I do it by feel!
5 c. flour 4 T yeast
1/4 c. sugar 4 T crisco
5 c. hot water
Mix well. Add 12-14 c. white flour until very, very stiff dough. Knead until smooth
Let raise on the counter until doubled
Shape into 4 large french loaves, by dividing in 4, and rolling each portion of dough out and rolling up into long loaves..
Cut decorative slashes in the top. Let raise until almost doubled and bake for about 20-30 min at 350 or until sound hollow on sides.
You want to tap the sides, because it will often sound hollow on the top when it is not done in the middle as it sort of gets crusty on the top
Sometimes when I roll it up I like to roll spices like garlic and italian seasoning up in it and then I serve it with spaghetti! Dip this into sauce! It is better than breadsticks and only 1T fat per loaf!