Tips on how to make french bread
If you’re anything like me, the thought of actually making your own loaf of bread is terrifying! Lucky for you, this homemade French bread recipe is completely fail-proof!
Follow our directions below and you’ll get a perfect loaf (or loaves) of bread every single time.
Here are a few things we learned about making French bread over the years that will help you on your first try:
1. Buying Active Dry Yeast- This was super intimidating to me for some reason. I was not quite sure what I was looking for, and I had no idea where to find it in the grocery store.
Active dry yeast is typically located in your grocery store on the baking aisle by the baking powder or baking soda.
You can buy yeast in small packets, or in a jar. If you think you might want to make this bread multiple times, or branch out to other kinds of baking, we’d recommend getting the jar.
2. Baking Takes Patience- This may be the only downfall to making homemade bread- the waiting! It’s very important to give your bread enough time to rise.
Without adequate rising time, your bread will be flat and dense, rather than fluffy and delicious. In this recipe, you will need to let your bread raise two separate times.
3. Creating the Right Environment for Bread to Raise- We recommend letting your bread rise in the warmest room in your house. Keeping your bread in a warmer area will allow it grow faster.
We like to stick ours right by the window so it gets a little sunlight. This will especially help if it’s cold outside.
4. How to Work with Sticky Dough- Don’t let sticky dough scare you! It never hurts to add a little (no more than 1/4 cup) of flour. Some days dough is just stickier than others.
If you’ve added extra flour and are still dealing with dough that is sticking to your hands, spray a little non-stick cooking spray on your hands before you knead. The dough will slip right off and allow you to do your thing!
How to Make Homemade Garlic Bread:
One of our favorite things to make with our easy homemade french bread is garlic bread. It’s the perfect side dish to almost any meal.
To make this garlic bread, we love spreading our Homemade Garlic Butter on a few 1 inch slices. Here’s how we do it:
- Preheat broiler on oven to high heat,
- Please 6 pieces of french bread onto cookie sheet.
- Spread garlic butter on each slice of bread.
- Broil for 3 minutes, or until top of bread begins to be toasted.
Click here for the Full Recipe ———> Homemade Garlic Butter
How to Flavor Your French Bread with Herbs:
French bread is delicious, and this recipe written as is will turn out perfect! However, sometimes it can be fun to get creative with your French bread.
Adding in fresh or dried herbs can completely change the flavor of your bread. If you decide to add some extra flavor, you’ll want to add these when you are kneading your bread.
If you’re looking to add some extra flavor, here are a few herbs and flavors we like to add to our bread:
- Sun-Dried Tomatoes
- Dried Onion Flakes
- Crumbled Bacon
Mix and match your favorite flavors to make a bread that’s perfect for your family!
Looking for the perfect jam to spread on your homemade bread? Try our Instant Pot Strawberry Jam – it only takes 30 minutes!
Easy Bread Recipes:
Did you know we have a bunch of EASY bread recipes on our site? Here are a few more you should try:
- Great Harvest Honey Whole Wheat Bread
- 30 Minute Dinner Rolls
- Whole Wheat Chocolate Chip Banana Bread
- Classic Zucchini Bread
- Homemade Bread Bowls
- Sheet Pan Garlic Breadsticks
- Easy Homemade Naan Bread
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