French Bread recipe

Bread · Recipes · October 24, 2017

The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!

I’ve mentioned before that I’m not much of a yeast-user when it comes to bread. Yes, I know it’s easier than you think and you have to actually try using yeast to get better at it, but it’s something I’ve always let me mom handle (lol!) My mom is the expert when it comes to bread making and yeast so I’ve always had her “try” the yeast breads while I’ve stuck to the quick (non-yeast breads). 😉 Now that I live two states away I really cannot rely on my mom anymore, so yeast is something I HAVE to tackle here in the coming years, and I’m determined to do it. This next recipe for Homemade French Bread is one that involves yeast, and it’s one we’ve had several times before we moved. It is SO good, that I’m realizing I have to tackle my fear of yeast-use so I can eat some of this yummy goodness!

If you’ve ever made homemade French bread, then you’d know it’s ten times better than anything bought at the store. Hopefully, you can try this recipe and will be able to make it at home whenever you want.

The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!

French Bread

Homemade French Bread recipe

My mom promises that this recipe is easy, so I’ll be right there with you giving it a try here in the coming months and am excited to make some once it cools down. I mean, we all know “bread season” is coming up so I better get crackin’!

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How to make this French Bread recipe:

French Bread

The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!
Course Bread
Cuisine American, French
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 1197 kcal


  • 2 tbsp dry yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups flour divided
  • 1 egg beaten - for glazing bread


  1. Dissolve your yeast in ½ cup warm water.

  2. In a separate bowl combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour. and stir.
  3. With the paddle attachment mix the yeast mixture and the hot water-flour mixture together.
  4. Add the remaining 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Once all of the flour is added, let sit for 10 minutes.
  5. Separate your dough into 3 pieces. On a floured surface roll each piece into a 9x12 rectangle. Roll it up like a jelly roll (long way).
  6. Place the dough on a greased baking pan, seam side down. Score the bread across the top 3 or 4 times, and brush with your beaten egg. Let dough rise uncovered for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  7. Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes at 375 or until golden brown.
Nutrition Facts
French Bread
Amount Per Serving
Calories 1197 Calories from Fat 234
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 26g 40%
Saturated Fat 19g 95%
Cholesterol 54mg 18%
Sodium 2365mg 99%
Potassium 364mg 10%
Total Carbohydrates 206g 69%
Dietary Fiber 8g 32%
Sugars 12g
Protein 30g 60%
Vitamin A 1.6%
Calcium 5.1%
Iron 66.8%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
The BEST Homemade French Bread recipe - so soft and tasty!! Serve with butter or turn it into a delicious appetizer. Everyone loves this recipe!

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    Betty Martin

    Make this bread all the time, I shape it into long loaves,knot rolls,braided, sub rolls and sandwich loaves.
    Light and crispy. I will not buy store bread again. The cost is half the price.

      Lil' Luna

      Smart idea! Will have to try that next time. Best of all, it tastes better than the store bought bread!! 😉

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    I love homemade bread! This looks so delicious! Thanks for sharing!

    Wanda Cooper

    Hello there!
    Its a pretty cold morning here in Colorado, a perfect day to make bread in your kitchen! While I have made bread before it is the first time I have ever made French bread, and made it so fast! Being new I was all thumbs, not sure of how this dance was suppose to go…..and I almost didn’t attempt it but I thought, what will I be out of if I botch it? Some flour and yeast? So I carried on and whipped up three loaves of bread that looked just like yours! Great instructions, and great bread! Are there any variations of things you can add to the bread before you bake it ? Herbs or such? This is such a great recipe that I just want to do all that I can with it! Thanks again for the great bread recipe! Homemade bread for dinner, wont my family be happy!


    I just made this bread tonight, and my husband and I found it had a yeasty taste to it. I’ve never made bread before (other than banana bread) so I’m wondering if this is normal? Or if there’s a less yeasty tasting bread I can make (my husband had a bad experience with pizza dough, and can’t stand the yeast taste anymore). I also found it wasn’t very crusty, which I was hoping for, although it was still fairly warm when we tried it.


    Sarah Ferguson & Choppy

    This bread looks so easy! I may have to try it this week after work.
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      Lil' Luna

      It is the best bread!! It’s perfect for everything!!! Hope you try it and love it, as much as we do!


    Im gonna try your loafs of bread. Looks good.


    When you say “warm water”, what is the temp? Then when you say “hot water”, how hot?

      Lil' Luna

      I don’t have temps, warm just means that it’s not hot or cold..just right in the middle, right before the water starts getting hot and hot would mean the spout is all the way to the hot side & running for a few seconds to get that hot temp. I hope that makes sense. I just use tap water, so I’m not warming it on the stove or anything.


    I love French breads. They are so easy and delicious. I would try this out. Thanks for sharing.
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      Lil' Luna

      Aren’t they the best!? I’m glad to share! Let me know what you think!


    Sounds like a great recipe but I have one question: When you roll the bread up do you tuck the ends under or just leave them? Can’t wait to try this.


    What is meant by the measure TB


      I have just come to make these and I am wondering too is it Tablespoons ? or Teaspoons ? there’s an enormous difference ? I am going to guess Teaspoons as that is what other recipes normally deal with in bread making .

        Lil' Luna

        TB it tablespoon & tsp is teaspoon. Hope that helps!!


        I used teaspoons where it said TB but I don’t think that is right as had to leave it to rise for hours . So I think they do mean tablespoons . They had a good texture and an element of baguettes but a little bland .

      Lil' Luna

      Tablespoon 🙂

    Nelly DeCaesteker

    Really looks good and I’ll be trying it. Your white bread recipe you use an electric mixer and was wondering what type do you use.

      Lil' Luna

      The french bread is so good!! I did the other bread by hand mixing. You can use a mixer. I’m not sure which one is used in the video. Someone did that for me 🙂 My hands are my best tools 🙂

    P. J. Strickland

    I hate it when a photo and message says one thing and you click on it and it’s not what it said.
    Ok where are the 50 Quick Breads with No Yeast.


    Just made. Delicious! Can you freeze the extra loaves?


    Excellent bread! I usually just make bread out of xtra pizza dough but it’s just not the same. I thought maybe it was going to be too much yeast but it’s not. This is a perfect bread recipe, I tried it with rosemary and one garlic and the other plain. The middle came out light and spongy, perfect. Thank you so much for the recipe I am a bread lover….


    How many servings does this recipe make?

    Diana Sanders


    Im looking for a good bread recipe that work for build your own pizza-basically just topping with marinara sauce, mozzarella cheese and some veggies. Would you recommend this recipe for that?

      Kristyn Merkley

      This should be great! I haven’t used it for a flat pizza, but we’ve added pizza toppings on it as a loaf. This dough is soft & so good! Let me know what you think!


    In the midst of making these…been in bed with the flu all week, and I need some home cookin to put me in my happy place again.Making some Loaded Baked Potato Soup and this French bread is EXACTLY what the doctor ordered! I can’t WAIT!! So easy to whip together…who knew??

      Kristyn Merkley

      This will help!! Always puts a smile on my face! I hope you are feeling better!


    great recipe!!!!!!!!
    i really love it it is sooooo tasty!

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