I won't lie to you, this does, in fact, involve yeast.
There are two kinds of people in the world: those who love yeast and those who..well..don't. I happen to fall into the former category and yeast and I have always been bff's. I don't even measure the temp of the water (gasp!) (ps it's supposed to be between 100 and 115 degrees if you're curious and/or OCD). Instead, I was taught a little trick a few years back while working for a catering company and officially being handed over the role of making all the cinnamon buns. Here's my secret: simply stick your finger in the warm water before adding the yeast and make sure the water doesn't have a "bite" to it. Easy peasy.
Ok, so if you can get over that fear of yeast and get over the fact that yes, you can stop at the grocery store on the way home and pick up a loaf of french bread for approximately 99 cents, then please make a loaf of this bread. It is super simple (involving only six ingredients) and smells amazing. Really, who doesn't love the smell of bread baking in the oven? I think that's gotta be in the top 10 favorite smells of everyone in America. Oh yea, and it tastes amazing too- don't think I mentioned that :)
Sea-Salted French Bread
1 cup warm water (between 100 and 115 degrees)
1 1/2 teaspoons yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
2 - 2 1/2 cups all-purpose or bread flour
1 teaspoon coarse sea salt
1 egg white
Coarse sea salt, for sprinkling
Combine water, yeast, and sugar in mixer fitted with dough hook and allow yeast to proof for 10 minutes.
Add in flour, starting with 2 cups and adding more if necessary, until tacky, yet pliable dough forms. Knead in mixer for 5 minutes. Sprinkle 1 teaspoon salt over dough and knead until well-incorporated.
Remove dough hook and let dough rise in mixing bowl covered with a loose towel until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Brush egg white over top of loaf and sprinkle with coarse sea salt. Bake for 20 minutes or until golden brown.
Adapted from AllRecipes.