I made the White bread posted by GumpsGirl and it turned out good. I have tried, unsuccessfully 2 times to make a nice crusty french bread and it STINKS!!! It seems heavy and hard to cut and impossible to eat. 1) I think I may be getting my dough too stiff, I will try using a little less flour next time and not kneading as much. Any other advice? French Bread I have bought from a Store/Bakery is very light inside with nice even aration holes in the dough, what I am getting is very dense inside. If someone has a good recipe they would like to share I would appreciate it, I used a recipe from allrecipes.com I love a crusty bread, especially with soups & stews, but I am about to bang my head on the stove over this Update: I am in the process now and so far so good. I used non-iodized salt and it is on the last rise, I did not let it rise in the oven but I did cover with a warm damp towel and that seems to have helped. I should have taken pics through the whole process but forgot. I also did not use as much flour and the dough was not as stiff.