Flat French Bread

This is my new go-to bread, when I really want/need a bread for dinner and FAST. It only takes about 1 hour to 1.5 hours (total) to make and bake. It's the perfect compliment to any meal, soup, or salad. It's even delicious the next day sliced and toasted for a rustic deli sandwich. Definitely husband approved. Thanks Diane for the recipe!


2 tablespoons yeast
2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
4 cups flour
1/3 cup melted butter

In mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Let sit for a few minutes. Add sugar, salt and flour. Mix, with the dough hook, for 8 minutes on medium speed. Scrape sides of bowl, if necessary, midway. Let dough rest until double in bulk (about 45 to 60 minutes.) 

Grease a 9" x 13" glass pan with shortening. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Throw dough out onto floured surface and form into a log. Place in glass pan and press flat to edges. Pour melted butter over dough, covering entire surface. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes. Let cool for a few minutes, then turn bread out onto cutting surface. Slice!