Homemade French Bread

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    The BEST homemade french bread recipe made in just 90 minutes! So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside. 

    Homemade bread is one of my favorite things to make. It can seem a bit intimidating at first, but this easy french bread recipe is a great place to start. It has a quick rising time and takes only 90 minutes from start to finish. If you’re a beginner to bread baking, make sure to check out my 3 ingredient artisan bread and my 45-minute breadsticks. Both are so simple!

    sliced french bread

    If you’re looking for an easy french bread recipe, this is it! You’ll have 2 beautiful loaves in 90 minutes. The actual time you’ll be working will only be about 15 minutes, the rest of the time will be patiently waiting for the dough to rest/rise. This homemade french bread is golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and slightly chewy on the inside. We love to serve it with a bowl of warm soup and the first time I made it, my husband said “this bread is SO good, where did you get it?” He thought I picked it up from our local bakery. It is just that good and really so easy to make. You’ll never want to buy store bought french bread again.

    I absolutely love making bread and rolls of all kinds. There’s something so satisfying about making them in your own kitchen. The smell is unbelievable. We love to serve this homemade french bread with softened butter, honey and/or jam. So so good. Trust me when I say, this is the best french bread recipe!

    dough rising in a bowl with a dish towel on top

    How to make homemade french bread

    1. Proof the yeast. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
    2. Mix and let rest. Place 2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl with the salt. Stir in the yeast mixture and begin to knead by hand or using a dough hook and stand mixer. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour at a time until the dough is smooth but not sticky. Rub the olive oil around the dough ball and let rest for 15 minutes.
    3. Shape and let rise again. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and divide it in half. Roll one half into a rectangle. Starting from the long side, roll the dough into a cylinder. Turn both ends in and pinch the seams closed. Round the edges and place onto a baking sheet. Repeat with the second dough ball. Let rise for 30-45 minutes. Make three diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf.
    4. Bake in oven. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown. Brush the top of the homemade french bread with melted butter if desired. Slice and enjoy! :)

    rolling and shaping the dough into loaves

    Quick tips for the best results

    • The key to the perfect consistency is to knead in flour a little at a time, until the dough becomes soft and not sticky.
    • If using a bread dough hook to knead the dough, knead the last couple of minutes by hand.
    • Let the dough rest a minute during the mixing process (this allows the gluten to relax).
    • Let the dough rise in a warm spot by the window or on top of the stove.
    • Place the dough on a lightly floured surface and then press down with your finger tips to remove any air pockets.
    • Use a rolling pin to roll out the dough and any extra bubbles.
    • Roll the dough into a loaf and then make sure to tuck the ends under and pinch all the seams together tightly to create a nice seal.
    • For a crispier/shinier crust, brush 1 egg white (whisked) with a teaspoon of water before baking.
    • For a softer and more flavorful crust, brush with melted butter right when it comes out of the oven.

    two homemade french bread loaves on a baking sheet

    Favorite ways to enjoy it

    Freezer instructions

    Since this recipe makes two loaves, sometimes we freeze one of them for later. To freeze, wrap the bread tightly in foil or saran wrap (make sure it has cooled completely). Then place in a zip top bag and store in the freezer for up to 2 months.

    slice of french bread with butter spread on top

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    Homemade French Bread Recipe

    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: French
    Keyword: Homemade french bread
    Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
    Cook Time: 20 minutes
    Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
    Servings: 32
    Calories: 73
    Author: Jamielyn Nye
    The BEST homemade french bread recipe made in just 90 minutes! So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside. 

    Ingredients

    • 2 cups warm water (about 110°F)
    • 1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons sugar
    • 5-6 cups flour
    • 2 1/2 teaspoons table salt or fine sea salt
    • 1 teaspoon olive oil

    Instructions

    • In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
    • Place 2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl with the salt. Stir in the yeast mixture and begin to knead by hand or using a dough hook and stand mixer. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour at a time until the dough is smooth but not sticky. Rub the olive oil around the dough ball and let rest for 15 minutes.
    • Turn the dough onto a floured surface and divide it in half. Roll one half into a rectangle. Starting from the long side, roll the dough into a cylinder. Turn both ends in and pinch the seams closed. Round the edges and place onto a baking sheet. Repeat with the second dough ball. Let rise for 30-45 minutes. Make three diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf.
    • Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
    • Brush the top with melted butter if desired. Slice and enjoy! :)

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    Notes

    For a crispier/shinier crust, brush 1 egg white (whisked) with a teaspoon of water before baking french bread loaf.

    Nutrition

    Calories: 73kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 2g | Sodium: 146mg | Potassium: 22mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.9mg
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