How to Make Homemade French Bread

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Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your own oven.

Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your own oven. Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

This recipe for French bread can’t get much easier. It only takes 4 ingredients, plus some oil to brush on for baking.

To Make this Recipe You will Need:

  • unbleached bread flour
  • salt
  • warm water
  • instant yeast (If using active dry yeast, be sure to watch the video below for tips on how to use it. It is not the same as instant yeast.)
  • extra virgin olive oil
  • pastry brush
  • French loaf pan or baking sheet
  • bakers cooling rack
Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your own oven. Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Watch me make this recipe in the video below:

In the video, I used active dry yeast instead of instant yeast. I also hand kneaded the dough instead of using a mixer. This video is one of my Home Ec with Constance series.

Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your own oven. Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

To begin, in the bowl of your stand mixer, combine bread flour, instant yeast, and salt and give them a quick stir.

Pour in warm water and mix with a dough hook. Let it run for 10-14 minutes, or until the dough springs back when pressed and stretches when pulled.

Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 20 minutes.

Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and form two long loaves. Place them on a greased stone, baking sheet, or french loaf pan.

Now, I can’t say enough about this French loaf pan. If you have a kitchen supply nearby, and you have any intention of regularly baking long breads like this, it is a must have. I ordered mine online for a very good price. They are not expensive, but are priceless for making French bread. They sell a “triple” pan for baguettes too.

Cover the pan with a light cloth and allow to rise until double in size, about an hour.

Preheat oven to 450° (F).

Just before baking, lightly brush bread with extra virgin olive oil.

Bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown.

Cool the loaves on a rack. 

Simple and delicious French bread, fresh from your own oven. Get the recipe from Cosmopolitan Cornbread

Enjoy!

Learn how to make Homemade French Bread from Cosmopolitan Cornbread - with baking video!

Simple Homemade French Bread

Constance Smith – Cosmopolitan Cornbread
Learn how to make Homemade French Bread, there's nothing like fresh bread from the oven. This recipe makes 2 loaves.
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 1 hour 35 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 53 minutes
Course Breads, Yeast Breads
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 94 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 3 1/2 c bread flour, unbleached
  • 1 teaspoon salt, I use sea salt or kosher
  • 2 1/2 teaspoon yeast
  • 1 1/4 c warm water
  • 1 Tb extra virgin olive oil for brushing

Instructions
 

  • In the bowl of your stand mixer, combine the dry ingredients and give them a quick stir. Pour in the warm water and mix with a dough hook.
  • Let it run for 10-14 minutes, or until the dough springs back when pressed and stretches when pulled.
  • Cover the bowl with a tea towel and let the dough rise for 20 minutes. Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and form two long loaves.
  • Place them on a greased stone, baking sheet, or French loaf pan. Cover with a light cloth and allow to rise until double, about an hour.
  • Preheat oven to 450° (F).
  • Just before baking, lightly brush bread with the oil.
  • Bake 16-18 minutes, or until golden brown.
  • Cool the loaves on a rack.
  • Enjoy!

Nutrition

Serving: 1cCalories: 94kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSodium: 118mgFiber: 1g

Nutritional information is auto-generated and the accuracy is not guaranteed.

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This recipe was originally shared in 2014, and updated in 2023.

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