French Bread recipe

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!

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

Easy French Bread recipe:

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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!
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Recipe type: Bread
Ingredients
  • 2 TB dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 TB sugar
  • 1 TB salt
  • 5 TB vegetable oil
  • 6 cups flour, divided
  • 1 egg, beaten- for glazing bread
Instructions
  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.

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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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  1. 1

    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.

  2. 3

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

  3. 5

    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!

  4. 6

    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.

    thanks!

  5. 7

    This bread looks so easy! I may have to try it this week after work.
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  6. 9

    Im gonna try your loafs of bread. Looks good.

  7. 10

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

    • 11

      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.

  8. 12

    I love French breads. They are so easy and delicious. I would try this out. Thanks for sharing.
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  9. 14

    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.

  10. 15

    What is meant by the measure TB