Some good French bread recipes are home-style French bread from Emeril Lagasse and classic French bread from Betty Crocker. The recipes require yeast, flour, cornmeal, sugar and salt along with warm water in which to dissolve the yeast.
Start home-style French bread by adding 2 envelopes of active dry yeast and 1 tablespoon and 2 teaspoons of sugar to 2 cups of warm water. After two minutes, stir in 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt and 5 cups of flour, and mix on low until the dough starts to form. Increase the speed until the dough sticks to the dough hook, then place the dough in an oiled bowl, and cover it with plastic wrap.
Allow the dough to rise for 90 minutes, then divide it into two sections, and form them into two loaves. Position the loaves onto a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal, cover, and allow to rise for another 60 minutes. Cut a shallow line down the length of each loaf, and brush the loaves with 1 egg yolk whisked with 1 tablespoon of water. Place the loaves in the oven along with 1 cup of hot water in a separate container, and bake for 45 minutes. Cool the loaves before cutting them.