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 delicious, addictive 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.
To Make This Easy Homemade French Bread You Will Need:
- rapid rise yeast
- 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 1 cup warm water (about 110-115°) into the bowl of your stand mixer. For a while I would use an instant read thermometer to get an accurate temperature of my water.
Sprinkle 2-1/4 teaspoon (or one 1/4 ounce envelope) yeast over top and watch it bloom.
Am I the only crazy one or are there others out there that love the smell of yeast? I just wish it was called something else, like anything else but yeast.
Next while the yeast is doing it’s thing, add 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt to the 2-1/2 cup unbleached all-purpose flour.
Give it a quick whisk to combine.
Then gradually add the flour into the yeast water.
Stir with a spatula just to get the flour incorporated.
Next, using the dough hook attachment and mix until the dough is smooth and pulls away from the sides of the bowl. This should take 4 to 6 minutes. If you find it’s still a little too sticky you can add a smidgen (like a teaspoon or two) more flour.
In a large, clean bowl add about 1/2 teaspoon of olive oil.
Place the dough into the bowl and toss it around to coat in the oil. Use the dough to coat the entire inside of the bowl. Cover with a clean kitchen towel and place it in a warm place to rise for 1 hour.
By now it should have doubled in size.
Press or “punch” it down the dough to release any air bubbles and deflate it.
Next, place parchment paper or a silicone mat into a large, rimmed metal baking sheet. Shape it to form a classic “French loaf” shape. Here, you can brushed with an egg wash if you’d like and make a few slits on the top with a knife.
Place the pan onto the middle rack of your cold oven. YES COLD OVEN.
Next, shut the oven door (with the loaf inside) and set the oven to 375°. As the temp slowly climbs, the bread will slowly rise and bake.
Awww look it’s a bread baby. SO 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!
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