French Bread

by Suzanne on March 12, 2012

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Ever since I made the rocket rolls I haven’t been able to stop thinking about homemade bread. It’s been on my brain non-stop so I wanted to share this wonderful recipe for french bread. This bread is so soft, and has a tight texture, it’s more dense than the typical store bought french bread but it has that slightly sour flavor. It goes wonderful with pretty much any meal or all alone. Bread making can sometimes be tricky to get just right but this simple french bread will have you feeling great about your bread making skills. I use a stand mixer with a dough hook to knead my bread but you can make this bread by hand it just take a bit more muscle. If you need to learn some techniques on kneading bread by hand then check out this “kneading dough:how to tips”,  I found it helpful. I made this bread into a round loaf but feel free to make it into the traditional oblong loaf. A friend of mine gave me this recipe and I’m not sure where she got it from but I do know it’s one of the best french bread recipes I’ve eaten or made, so enjoy it.

French Bread


1 1/4 cup warm water (296g)

1 T. yeast (10g)

1 1/2 T. sugar (20g)

3 cups bread flour (483g)

1 1/2 tsp. salt (8g)

1/8 cup oil canola or a mild oil(30g)

Step 1: In a mixing bowl of a stand mixer put warm water in bowl and add the yeast and sugar, let sit until the yeast bubbles up or proofs for about 5 minutes.
Step 2: After yeast proof add the remainder ingredients all at once and mix on stir of a stand mixer for about 4-5 minutes. until the dough is balled up on the dough hook and soft and silky looking.
Step 3: Put the dough in a greased medium bowl and put a tea towel over the bowl, let rise in a warm place until doubled about an hour.
Step 4: Punch down dough, then dump the dough out on a lightly floured surface and roll out with rolling pin into a rectangle then fold over length wise then width wise and push down with heel of the hand. Gather up dough and tuck the dough forming a nice round ball. Put the dough ball on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper or silicone baking mat or just spray the cookie sheet with cooking spray. Cover dough with the tea towel and let rise about half an hour, the dough should not double.
Step 5: Pre-heat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. With sharp serrated edge bread knife gently make an X on top of the dough. Bake bread for 25-30 minutes until it is browned. Let cool then gently cut into wedges.
Makes: 1 loaf, can double for 2 loaves.

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1 patty March 12, 2012 at 10:30 pm

The way to my heart….homemade french bread with a smear of Nutella,yum;-)

2 Suzanne March 13, 2012 at 12:01 am

I just love hot homemade bread with a slathering of nutella.

3 Rowaida Flayhan March 12, 2012 at 11:53 pm

Love your recipe! Looks beautiful and delicious

4 Suzanne March 13, 2012 at 12:00 am

🙂 thank you Rowaida!

5 Nami | Just One Cookbook March 13, 2012 at 2:08 am

Hmmm must be nice when this comes out from the oven! Bread has very simple ingredients yet it requires lots of process and love till you get a nice bread. Must be rewarding experience. Putting Nutella on the bread sounds like an excellent idea! We kill that big jar easily with my kids. 😉

6 Amy (Savory Moments) March 13, 2012 at 5:44 am

Your bread looks mouthwatering! It turned out very pretty, too. There’s nothing like fresh, warm bread right out of the oven.

7 Amy (Savory Moments) March 15, 2012 at 3:08 pm

Oh, there’s also an award waiting for you on my blog!

8 Suzi March 13, 2012 at 8:50 am

Oh my gosh, your bread looks perfect. I wish mine would come out looking that way. I’ve never tried kneading with a stand up mixer, maybe that will help. Beautiful!!

9 Erin @ Dinners, Dishes, and Desserts March 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

I love fresh bread! This looks gorgeous, and then you went and put Nutella on a slice. Oh my, I am in love!

10 Sandra's Easy Cooking March 13, 2012 at 8:52 am

Wonderful looking bread! I am making my rolls like this..really great recipe and dough always comes out perfect! Love your photos especially with nutella:))

11 Salad in a Jar March 13, 2012 at 7:10 pm

Looks better than a fancy bakery.

12 Heidi March 13, 2012 at 11:42 pm

Love homemade french bread!! Looks good. May have to try a round loaf next time.

13 Suzanne March 15, 2012 at 4:39 pm

thanks Heidi, the round loaf was really easy but hard to make fit in a toaster 🙂

14 Nancy/SpicieFoodie March 14, 2012 at 10:05 am

Hi Suzanne,

The bread looks so good. I cannot resist the smell and taste of homemade bread.

15 The Café Sucré Farine March 14, 2012 at 11:22 am

Now that looks great! Except how in the world could you ever stop at one bite?

16 Suzanne March 15, 2012 at 4:40 pm

well let’s see I have almost eaten the whole loaf 😛

17 Liren March 15, 2012 at 1:11 am

I was already sold on the bread, but then you put the Nutella on top. Oh my goodness, my stomach is grumbling now!

18 Jean (Lemons and Anchovies) March 15, 2012 at 11:11 am

Ditto what Liren said above! 🙂

19 Sammie March 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

I think I just drooled after seeing the last picture. What a delightful looking bread you have here!!

20 Marsha @ The Harried Cook March 16, 2012 at 5:54 am

Looks absolutely delicious… love the perfect finish! Thanks for sharing 🙂 bookmarking this one!

21 Ranjani @ Four Seasons of Food March 16, 2012 at 1:56 pm

I really need to bake bread more often. Yours looks lovely!

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