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.

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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.

To Make This Easy Homemade French Bread You Will Need:

  • flour
  • salt
  • 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 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.

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

And then give it a quick whisk.

Then add in the flour into the yeasty water.

Next stir with a spatula…

Then, just to get the flour incorporated.

Next, 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.

Then add a little olive oil to bowl.

Next, place the dough into the bowl 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.

Next, shape it to form a classic “French loaf” 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.

Then place it in your NON-preheated, stone-cold oven, that’s right, ice cold and NOT preheated. 

Next, 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.

slice and bake

OR you can cut slits into the dough…

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And then slip it into the oven to bake. Either way, it turns out perfectly!

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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!

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

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Easy Homemade French Bread
Yield: 1 loaf

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!

Prep Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  1. In the bowl of your stand mixer pour warm water (110-115°) and sprinkle in one packet of rapid rise yeast. Let the yeast bloom for 5 minutes. Grease a large bowl with olive oil.
  2. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl measure and mix the flour with the kosher salt.
  3. Stir the flour into the yeast-water until just combined. Using a dough hook, mix until the dough is smooth and tacky.
  4. 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 or about 1 hour.
  5. Punch down, form into a long log and slide into an cool, un-preheated oven. Preheat the oven to 375° (while the loaf is in the oven) and set the timer for 30 minutes.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

8

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 159 Total Fat: 2g Saturated Fat: 0g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 2g Cholesterol: 0mg Sodium: 201mg Carbohydrates: 30g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 0g Protein: 4g
Nutrition information isn’t always accurate.