This is a new bread recipe that I made this morning. It said that it is a soft French loaf but it seems more like Italian bread to me. Which ever it is, it's terrific.
Mix 2-1/2 C. water with 1 T. of rapid rise yeast. Add 2 tsp. of salt and 1/2 C. of sugar. Mix in 6 cups of all purpose flour. Add a bit more flour if it's too sticky and knead until you have a smooth ball of dough. Place it in a buttered bowl, cover it and let it rise for 2 hours.
Cut the dough in half and roll one half out on a floured surface into a rectangular shape.
Roll it tightly into a long loaf. Do the same with the other piece, cover and let rise for 1 hour.
Bake it in a 375 degree oven for 25 minutes, just until it starts to brown.