Homemade french bread

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The BEST homemade french bread recipe made in 90 minutes. So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside. You’ll fall in love with this easy french bread recipe!

Homemade bread is one of my favorite things to make and this easy french bread recipe is at the top of my list! It’s so fluffy and delicious. I also love to make whole wheat bread, Irish soda bread and my infamous white bread recipe.

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

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If you’re looking for an easy homemade 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. Bring on all the carbs this pregnancy, because it is all I’m craving!

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

How to make homemade french bread

Although making your own bread can be intimidating, it’s pretty easy! Just follow the steps below to get started. Scroll down for the printable easy french bread recipe.

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
  2. 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. 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. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  5. Brush the top with melted butter if desired. Slice and enjoy! :)

How to make french bread dough

Quick tips for this french bread recipe

Making the french bread dough the right consistency is one of the most important steps. The key is to kneading in flour a little at a time until the dough becomes soft not sticky. Here are a few other tips for making the perfect dough.

  • 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 on the french bread loaf, brush 1 egg white (whisked) with a teaspoon of water before baking

How to make french bread dough

For a softer and more flavorful crust, brush homemade french bread with melted butter right when it comes out of the oven.

How to make french bread in 90 minutes. So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside.

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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 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside.

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Ingredients

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

Instructions

  1. In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
  2. 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. 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. Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
  5. Brush the top with melted butter if desired. Slice and enjoy! :)

Recipe Notes

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

Nutrition Facts
Homemade french bread recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 73
% Daily Value*
Sodium 146mg 6%
Potassium 22mg 1%
Total Carbohydrates 15g 5%
Protein 2g 4%
Calcium 0.3%
Iron 5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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

I hope you try this french bread recipe! Don’t be intimidated. If you’ve made homemade rolls before, you got this in your back pocket! This really is the best french bread recipe and my family begs for it weekly!

homemade french bread

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Jamielyn Nye

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Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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45 comments on “Homemade french bread”

  1.  I don’t see the oven temperature? 

  2. I might be missing it but it doesn’t say what Temp to Bake at?

  3. I wanted to try this but realized I only have rapid rise instant yeast on hand. Can that be used in place of active dry yeast? Will it make a difference? New to bread making.

  4. Hi Jamielyn, thanks for your steps and ingredients for making french bread and I can’t wait to have a try right now.

  5. Homemade bread is just the best! I love baking all sorts of bread at home, but this French one: my favorite!

  6. I went to the recipe and hit the print button. It took three pieces of paper to get this simple recipe. The first page had 2 lines saying where this recipe came from. The second page was a full page picture of the bread. Finally, the third page provided the recipe. I really didn’t appreciate this.

  7. What kind of flour please?  Bread? White flour?

  8. Do you use AP flour or bread flour? What is the difference? I haven’t made this yet but I will soon. Bread making has always been super scary to me!

  9. Hi! The dough really seems to have the “chewyness” I’m looking for. May I ask you the type of white floor you’re using? Regular white flour? Unbleached flour? Bread floor? Thanks!

  10. i noticed there was no risening of the dough in bowl for one hour like most bread the only rising was after you roll up the dough is this correct?

  11. What about gluten free? Have you tried it?

  12. Can the sugar be left? I buy similar-looking bread at Trader Joe’s with no sugar in the ingredients. Would love to make it at home but prefer sugar-free.

  13. Can I use honey instead of the sugar?

  14. Do you have any good gluten free bread or roll
    Recipes?

  15. First bread I have ever made and it was perfect. So much better than store bought. My husband loved it.! Thanks so much for the step by step pictures. 

  16. I normally make your favorite white bread every weekend, but I switching over to try this today. Looks great!

  17. My family loved this recipe. Could this be made up to freeze before baking?

  18. Thanks for this recipe! I can’t wait to try it. Have you tried making French Toast with this yet? I’m sure we’ll scarf up the first loaf, but if the second loaf will last a while I’d like to try using it for french toast! Thanks! Also, if freezing after, how to reheat it?

    • I haven’t tried french toast with the recipe, but I bet it would be delicious! I would probably recommend using frozen french loaf for your french toast since it won’t be quite as fresh. Just let it defrost, cut and use. :)

  19. Delicious!  

  20. Doea thia require 5 cups or 2 and half cups of flour? It says 5-6cups on the ingredients list but in the details it aays use 2 cups and the remaining 1/2cup.

  21. Dear Admin
    thanks for sharing this very delicious recipe!

  22. Followed the recipe exactly and it came out great. Have made regularly now for the last few weeks. It is an incredibly easy and surprisingly quick recipe for great bread. Thanks for posting. 

  23. OMG thank you so much for this recipe, it turned out great, the best bread I’ve tried in a while, will definitely make it again in the future.

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