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Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

This is the first made-from-scratch bread I ever learned - and it's still one of my favorites!
Prep Time1 hr
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 30 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Bread, bread recipe, french bread, Homemade bread recipe
Servings: 16
Calories: 191kcal

Equipment

  • Large Mixing Bowl (2)
  • Non-stick Cooking Spray
  • Sharp knife
  • cookie sheets

Ingredients

  • cups very warm water  (I just use the hot water from my kitchen sink)
  • 2 Tablespoons dry active yeast
  • ¼ cup sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon vegetable oil or olive oil
  • 6 cups flour
  • 1 Tablespoon butter

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, mix together water, yeast, and sugar until the yeast is completely dissolved.
  • Add in salt, oil, and flour. Stir with a large wooden spoon or mixer until it becomes too difficult, then knead for two minutes on a floured surface.
  • Spray a large bowl with non-stick cooking spray and place dough in the bowl. Cover with a dish towel and let it raise until it doubles in size (I usually place the bread in my kitchen window sill where there is sunlight and it's a little warmer. I have found that on cooler days - like in the winter time - it sometimes take a little longer to double in size).
  • Dump dough out onto a floured surface. Cut in half and shape into a smooth, worm-like shape (or a bread loaf shape). If you want to get fancy and make your bread look the way that it does in the picture, use a sharp knife and slice about 1/3 of the way down into the bread, opening up little cracks about 2" apart. The cracks will separate more as they rise and bake.
  • Place dough loaves on a greased cookie sheet and let rise again until doubled (about 25-30 minutes).
  • Bake at 375 degrees for 20-30 minutes, or until the top is golden brown and the bread sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Remove bread from oven and rub butter on top.
  • Makes two loaves of french bread.

Notes

  • Butter on top is optional but it is delicious!

Nutrition

Calories: 191kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 2mg | Sodium: 443mg | Potassium: 55mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 22IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg