I have been unsuccessful in the making of French bread until recently. That is when I got a second hand bread machine and found this recipe on the internet, found here: http://southernfood.about.com/od/breadmachine/r/bl20223.htm. Success!!! I have learned to love my bread machine. I don’t ever bake my bread in it; I just mix the dough in it. Then I put the rolls, French bread, wheat bread, etc. in my pans and bake them in my own oven. It’s the best. Here is a great way to make homemade French bread.