Fluffy, delcioius crusty easy french bread recipe.
* optional ingredients. You don't have to make this a rustic herb french bread. To keep it a simply fluffy white french bread omit the herbs in the ingredients.
If your kitchen is on the cool side cover loaves with a clean dish towel to help the bread rise.
Weather, humidity, temperature and altitude always play apart in baking and bread. If you are making bread on a cool humid rainy day your dough might be too sticky and won't rise as fast as it would in a dry warm climate. If this is the case and your dough feels too sticky slowly add more flour, 1/4 cup at a time, until the dough pulls away from the sides. Again DON'T over flour to the bread will turn out dry. You want the dough to just barely pull away from the sides, but have a nice shine