Dutch Oven Bread

1/2 cup warm water
3 package dry yeast
1/2 cup [scant] sugar
8 cups all- purpose flour
1 Tablespoon salt
2 & 1/2 to 3 cups warm water

In a small bowl let yeast dissolve in the half cup warm water. Then stir in sugar till dissolved. Let stand 10 to 15 minutes till mixture becomes bubbly.

In a large bowl combine flour and salt. Gradually add the 2 & 1/2 cups warm water, also the dissolved yeast stirring until dough becomes stiff. Place dough ball in a grease bowl, cover with a damp cloth and let rise to double in bulk. Punch down and fashion into a round loaf. Place in a thoroughly grease Dutch oven [10 inches in diameter and 3 inch deep] Grease lid and fit snugly. let dough rise until it touches top of lid. Bake in 350 degrees. Note bake in a [preheated] oven for one hour. Remove lid and bake 10 minutes more to brown crust. Turn out onto rack to cool
Source: Jeannie & Joe Vaillancourt