Step 5: Bake and enjoy
After the oven is up to temperature, set the loaves in the top 1/2 or top 1/3 of the oven. Let them bake for ten minutes, turn them, and drop the temperature to 400 degrees. Bake for another 10 or so minutes. The loaves should sound hollow when tapped on the top.
During the last few minutes of baking, the loaves should hit their maximum size and turn a dark brown.
Once the loaves are out of the oven, brush them lightly with melted butter for a softer, chewer crust. If they are not buttered the loaves will keep a crunchy crust.
Keep in mind that baking times may vary based on your oven.
Serve the loaves warm with butter or a dip. A cheddar and sour cream dip is particularly good. Store them at room temperature in a bag. The loaves will keep several days.