French Bread

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posted on February 20, 2012 by  |  posted under Breads, Recipes, Sides

Easy and Delicious French Bread
I’m addicted…to bread. I can’t help myself. Give me a fresh loaf of homemade yumminess and I am in heaven!

I LOVE this French Bread recipe. It’s super easy , quick, and cheap to make! I bake it at least once a week when the weather is cool.  For this recipe I used half whole wheat and half white flour. The wheat gives it a hearty flavor and the white flour gives it a great texture.

This bread is one of my favorite things to serve with soup. The crust is golden crisp and the inside is soft and melts in your mouth! My kind of comfort food!! :)

So, here’s how you make it.

In your stand mixer, combine 3 cups whole wheat flour and the dry yeast.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

I like to use instant yeast. It’s a little more potent than active dry yeast and you can mix it directly with your dry ingredients. (Active dry yeast works just fine, but it needs to be activated in a little bit of warm water before being added to the rest of the ingredients. If you don’t properly activate it, it  will result in your loaf not rising as well)

Easy and Delicious French Bread

After you have mixed the flour and yeast together, add the hot water, oil, sugar, and salt. Your water needs to be between 120-130 degrees. I use my candy thermometer to make sure my water is the right temp.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Turn on your mixer and mix for one minute.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Quickly add the remaining flour…one cup at a time, until the mixture cleans the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Be careful not to add too much flour. This will result in tough dry bread.

It should look like this:

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Continue mixing for 3-4 minutes.  Ahhh stand mixers…whoever invented them…I love you! I love it when my mixer does all the kneading for me!!

Lightly oil hands and divide dough into two equal portions.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

One at a time, roll the dough onto an oiled surface. Roll each into a 12 x 15 rectangle.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Beginning at the long side, roll it up tightly.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Seam side down, lightly pinch and tuck ends under to taper the loaf.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Place the loaves on a gently greased baking sheet…seams down. Use a knife to diagonally slash loaf tops 1/4″ deep.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Beat egg white and water with a fork until foamy. Brush the tops and sides of the loaves. Let the loaves rise until they double in size.

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Place in preheated oven (heat oven to 375 and bake it for 2o minutes) and enjoy the smell of bread baking in your kitchen. When the loaves are golden brown, tap them on the top, if it sounds hollow…they are done!

Easy and Delicious French Bread

Slice it up and spread on some butter. Mmmm…

Easy and Delicious French Bread

French Bread

French Bread

Ingredients

  • 3 cups whole wheat flour
  • 2 Tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 cups hot water (120-130 degrees)
  • 2 Tablespoons oil
  • 1 Tablespoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2-3 cups unbleached flour
  • 1 egg white
  • 1 Tablespoon water

Instructions

  1. In your stand mixer, combine 3 cups whole wheat flour and the dry yeast.
  2. After you have mixed the flour and yeast together, add the hot water, oil, sugar, and salt. Your water needs to be between 120-130 degrees. I use my candy thermometer to make sure my water is the right temp.
  3. Turn on your mixer and mix for one minute.
  4. Quickly add the remaining flour…one cup at a time, until the mixture cleans the sides of the bowl and forms a ball. Be careful not to add too much flour. This will result in tough dry bread.
  5. Continue mixing for 3-4 minutes.
  6. Lightly oil hands and divide dough into two equal portions.
  7. One at a time, roll the dough onto an oiled surface. Roll each into a 12 x 15 rectangle.
  8. Beginning at the long side, roll it up tightly.
  9. Seam side down, lightly pinch and tuck ends under to taper the loaf.
  10. Place the loaves on a gently greased baking sheet…seams down. Use a knife to diagonally slash loaf tops 1/4″ deep.
  11. Beat egg white and water with a fork until foamy. Brush the tops and sides of the loaves. Let the loaves rise until they double in size.
  12. Place in preheated oven and enjoy the smell of bread baking in your kitchen. When the loaves are golden brown, tap them on the top, if it sounds hollow…they are done!
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  1. February 20th, 2012 at 6:41 am
    alison@howdoesshe.com says:
    Yum. I love this stuff! This is my fav. french bread. This is a awesome recipe.
  2. February 20th, 2012 at 7:14 am
    Kendra says:
    I've always been so intimidated by baking bread. Your tutorial makes it look easy. I'm gonna have to give it a try! Thanks :)
  3. February 20th, 2012 at 7:51 am
    Dawn says:
    Thanks Alison!
  4. February 20th, 2012 at 8:12 am
    Bridget says:
    That looks amazing! I've been looking for a French bread recipe that might actually work at home. I'll be giving this a try this week.
  5. February 20th, 2012 at 8:46 am
    my honest answer says:
    I make french bread a lot too, but I've never seen this way of shaping it! I always just made it into a long sausage shape, but I'm definitely going to try starting with a rectangle and then rolling it. Thanks!
  6. February 20th, 2012 at 11:04 am
    Peggy says:
    Oh I love good french bread! And I see you have a bosch!! Another love of mine!! Have you tried making a double batch? It works great! My eldest loves it when I throw in cubes of asiago cheese and a few dried herbs and form it into a long taper! We also like to add a layer of thinly sliced pepperoni before I roll it up so its a meal to be eaten out of hand! (can you tell i have teenage boys who sometimes eat on the run? haha!)
    • February 20th, 2012 at 1:39 pm
      Dawn says:
      I will have to try that Peggy! Thanks for the tips!
  7. February 20th, 2012 at 1:05 pm
    Cynthia says:
    Could this be done without a stand mixer? The kitchenaid of my dreams is still in my dreams :
    • February 20th, 2012 at 1:50 pm
      Dawn says:
      Yes Cynthia! I actually used to make my bread by hand before I bought my bosch. Just double your kneading time. Good luck! I hope you get your Kitchenaid soon!! :)
      • February 20th, 2012 at 1:57 pm
        Cynthia says:
        Trying it today! Thank You :)
  8. February 20th, 2012 at 1:49 pm
    Amber says:
    I really need to try this! I love bread and this looks yummy!
  9. February 20th, 2012 at 2:19 pm
    Joy McMillan says:
    This looks delish! Just want to make sure I'm not missing anything...there's only one rise time? I'm so used to our bread needing two rise periods...this seems to good to be true. Please tell me I'm wrong! :)
    • February 20th, 2012 at 10:00 pm
      Dawn says:
      Yes, you only let it rise once! Thats why I love it...so quick to make!
      • February 27th, 2012 at 1:05 pm
        Debbie P says:
        Thanks for the recipe- made this today, however would like to stress the rising on your stone or whatever you are cooking it on- I left mine to rise on the counter and it deflated when I moved it onto the stone. Already ate half the first loaf...(oops) :) So tasty! Thanks a ton! (Found this recipe on Pinterest)
  10. February 20th, 2012 at 2:24 pm
    Missy says:
    This looks so GOOD, I can almost smell it! I was making soup tonight anyway, may have to give this a whirl!
  11. February 20th, 2012 at 2:36 pm
    Kristy says:
    Can you freeze the dough?
    • February 20th, 2012 at 10:05 pm
      Dawn says:
      I haven't ever tried freezing the dough. It does freeze well after its baked though...I usually serve one loaf for dinner and then freeze the other for another night.
      • February 21st, 2012 at 1:10 pm
        Patti says:
        If you freeze the second loaf, how do you suggest warming it back up?
        • February 21st, 2012 at 5:12 pm
          Dawn says:
          I cut it in half (so there is a top and a bottom) before I freeze it. When I pull it out of the freezer I separate the two pieces and either let it thaw for a while or spread butter/garlic spread on it and toast it in the oven.
  12. February 20th, 2012 at 5:10 pm
    Eileen says:
    Beautiful. I bake my french style bread on a baguette pan and love the crust it gives. Your bread is wonderful. Loved my bosch. Now have a kitchenaid and like it but loved the old bosch!
  13. February 21st, 2012 at 8:00 am
    Jany@SuperCuteCookies says:
    It looks amazing, thank you so much for the recipe!
  14. February 21st, 2012 at 10:09 am
    Kelly Simmonds says:
    Can you use a regular mixer (i.e. kitchen aid) to knead it?

    Can wait to try!!
    • February 21st, 2012 at 5:28 pm
      Dawn says:
      a hand mixer?? I don't think I would recommend this. The dough is pretty thick, it might burn up your motor.
  15. February 21st, 2012 at 12:42 pm
    jONI says:
    Approximately how long is the rise time??
    I can't wait to try this.. I'm such a sucker for a good loaf of bread... :)
    • February 21st, 2012 at 5:21 pm
      Dawn says:
      It depends, the warmer your kitchen is the faster your dough will rise. I put my loaves right by my oven while it is preheating. It usually takes 20-30 minutes...or just until they double in size. I've been in a pinch a time or two and have put the bread in the oven before it doubled in size. It turned out fine...just a little smaller than normal and the bread is more dense.
  16. February 21st, 2012 at 12:54 pm
    Michelle says:
    Oh YUM!

    Do you have a print version?
    pretty please?
  17. February 21st, 2012 at 9:12 pm
    alys says:
    Thanks! I made this for dinner tonight. It was super simple, and I don't even have a stand mixer. Definitely going to try it again.
  18. February 21st, 2012 at 9:58 pm
    Vieve says:
    Thank you, this looks delicious. We love making a giant sub sandwich on French bread for dinner (makes about 4-6 servings). I bet it will be even better on homemade bread!
  19. February 22nd, 2012 at 3:15 am
    lin says:
    I believe American cups are a different weight to English cups can you please give me the flour in weight instead, thanks
  20. February 25th, 2012 at 12:35 pm
    BarbaraD says:
    I can tell you how great this bread is, I have had it. Great job Dawn! Yummy, yummy!
  21. February 25th, 2012 at 4:58 pm
    Maria says:
    This bread looks delicious! I like that you used wheat flour too, I'm trying to use it as much as I can too! Nothing like freshly baked bread with some butter... mmmm!
  22. February 27th, 2012 at 1:42 pm
    Rose :: FineCraftGuild.com says:
    Looks like some SERIOUS French bread there... Which could be authentic as the French are serious about their food... ;0-)
  23. March 3rd, 2012 at 9:48 am
    Diem says:
    Hi...looks so good. I love French bread too. By the way, how can I print this recipe out? I don't see a print option anywhere for this recipe. Thanks
  24. May 24th, 2012 at 4:26 pm
    Kimberly says:
    I made this today. It was SOO easy! Thank you....
    I made 1 loaf of bread & 4 rather large buns for hamburgers.
    Don't think I'll be buying french bread ever again!
  25. February 9th, 2013 at 3:12 pm
    Brandi says:
    I was just wondering what temperature do you preheat the oven at?
    • February 11th, 2013 at 1:58 pm
      Dawn says:
      375 and bake it for 20 minutes or so. :)
      • April 12th, 2013 at 5:20 pm
        Tracey says:
        Could you put this in the recipe please. That way I won't have to guess...thanks
  26. February 21st, 2013 at 10:22 am
    Tharon says:
    Could I used white flour? Wheat flour and I do not get along?
  27. July 13th, 2013 at 12:20 pm
    Staci C says:
    Where did the recipe go? :( I was looking to make this today, and it is gone!
  28. September 28th, 2013 at 11:05 pm
    Skylar says:
    I really want to make this bread but I feel like I'm not seeing the oven temperature or the oven time
    • October 5th, 2013 at 10:11 am
      Dawn says:
      375 and bake it for 20 minutes or so. :)
  29. October 3rd, 2013 at 5:58 pm
    Sara says:
    At what temperature is the oven supposed to be set? I just made the bread and it's raising and I can't find it on here!
    • October 5th, 2013 at 10:10 am
      Dawn says:
      375 and bake it for 20 minutes or so. :)
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