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French Bread Recipe

Lil' Luna
This is the BEST Homemade French Bread recipe and is so easy to make! It's soft, tasty and comes out perfect every time.
4.99 from 181 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rise Time 40 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine American, French
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 1037 kcal


  • ¼ cup cornmeal
  • 2 tablespoons rapid rise yeast
  • ½ cup warm water 110–115 degrees F
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour divided
  • 1 egg beaten


  • Line a large baking sheet with parchment paper and sprinkle evenly with cornmeal. (Greased baking sheets work too, but we prefer the cornmeal method.)
  • In a small bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water.
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, combine hot water, oil, sugar, salt and 3 cups of the flour. Mix together with the paddle attachment.
  • Add yeast mixture and mix to combine.
  • Add remaining 3 cups of flour 1 cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Once all of the flour is added, let dough rest for 10 minutes.
  • Place dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into three pieces. Roll each piece into a 9-x-12-inch rectangle. Roll each rectangle up from the long edge like a jelly roll.
  • Place each dough roll on a prepared baking sheet, seam side down.
  • Score the bread across the top 3 or 4 times, and brush each loaf with beaten egg for a crisp and shiny crust. Let dough rise, uncovered, for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Toward the end of the rise, preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes or until golden brown.



Make Ahead:  To freeze baked loaves, let the bread cool and wrap in parchment paper, then aluminum foil. It can last for up to 3 months in the freezer. When you are ready to eat, remove from the freezer and thaw at room temperature. To reheat, preheated the oven to 400 degrees F and bake for 4–5 minutes, or until warm.
Use It Up: This recipe is a great bread for some of our other recipes, including Bruschetta, French Toast Bake, French Toast and Cheesy Garlic Bread.


Serving: 1loafCalories: 1037kcalCarbohydrates: 214gProtein: 30gFat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 55mgSodium: 2363mgPotassium: 357mgFiber: 9gSugar: 13gVitamin A: 79IUVitamin C: 0.01mgCalcium: 55mgIron: 12mg
Keyword Easy French Bread Recipe, French Bread, French Bread Recipe, Homemade French Bread
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