Easy Homemade French Bread

This Easy Homemade French Bread recipe can be made at home! I use it for garlic bread, French bread pizzas and have turned leftovers into croutons! Easy and versatile.

Who in the world doesn’t love the smell of baking bread?

It’s better than any smell my nose could possible… uh, smell. But don’t get me wrong I love the smell of so many other things whilst cooking. For example like onions in butter, chocolate chip cookies and anything you place on a grill… but nothing and I mean nothing is better than when your house smells like Subway (eat fresh!).

Mmmm French bread! Crispy crust, soft chewy center… and full of carbs. Ohhh yeah, bring.it.on! I’m not kidding ya when I say this is easy. If you can make toast, you can make this easy homemade French bread. Let’s do this.

All you need is flour, salt, a packet of rapid rise yeast and warm water. Rapid rise yeast is CRUCIAL to making this bread quick and effortless, being that you can totally skip the first rise. Easy-peasy!

Add the warm water (about 110-115 degrees) into the bowl of your stand mixer.

Sprinkle the yeast over top and watch it bloom. Am I the only crazy one or are their others out there that love the smell of yeast… I just wish it was called something else, like… anything else but yeast. ick.

While that’s all goin’ on above, add the salt to the flour.

And give it a quick whisk.

Now dump the flour into the yeasty water.

Stir by spatula…

Just to get the flour incorporated.

Insert the dough hook and mix until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. If you find it’s still a little too sticky… add a smidgen more of flour.

Add a little olive oil to bowl.

Drop in the dough and toss it around to coat and then use the dough to coat the entire bowl. Set the covered bowl in a warm place to rise for about an hour.

By now it should have doubled in size. Press or “punch” it down to deflate it. Pfffffsrrrrrrrrrrt. Sorry.

Form it into a classic “French loaf-y” shape. If I was serving this with a fancy dinner I would have brushed with an egg wash and make a few slits on the top with a knife for presentation purposes. I had other plans for this loaf. Muh-haha-HA!

Place it in your NON-preheated, stone-cold oven, that’s right, ice friggin cold. I can just hear my girls “Mommmmmm, you just said a bad wooooord” (insert eye roll) little do they know. Muh-ha… oh never mind.

Then shut the oven door (with the loaf inside) and heat the oven to 375°. As the temp slowly climbs, the bread will slowly rise and bake.

OR you can cut slits into the dough…

…and bake it. Either way, it turns out perfectly!

Awww look it’s a baby… a bread baby, isn’t she cute! And what’s the best thing to make with French bread you ask?

French bread pizzas of course! (and this garlic bread!)

The crust of the bread is crisp…

The center of the easy homemade French bread is soft and tender, I mean check out those air pockets!

So if you ever want to make French bread pizza and don’t feel like running out to the store, you now can make it at home!

Enjoy! And if you give this Easy Homemade French Bread recipe a try, let me know by snapping a photo and tagging me on twitter or instagram!

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Easy Homemade French Bread

This Easy Homemade French Bread recipe can be made at home! I use it for garlic bread, French bread pizzas and have turned leftovers into croutons! Quick easy and versatile!

Yield: 1 loaf

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 1 hour


2-1/2 cups all-purpose flour

1 envelope (2-1/4 teaspoons) rapid rise yeast

3/4 teaspoon kosher salt

1 cup warm water

olive oil, for greasing


In the bowl of your stand mixer pour warm water (110-115 degrees) and sprinkle in one packet of rapid rise yeast. Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes. Grease a large bowl with olive oil.

Meanwhile, in a medium bowl measure and mix the flour with the kosher salt.

Stir the flour into the yeast-water until just combined. Using a dough hook, mix until the dough is smooth and tacky.

Form the dough in to a ball and toss it in the oiled bowl. Roll the dough to coat with oil. Place a damp towel over top and place the bowl in a warm area to rise, double in size.

Punch down, form into a long log and slide into an cool, un-preheated oven. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees {while the loaf is in the oven} and set the timer for 30 minutes.

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