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French Bread

User Rating 4.5 Star Rating (4 Reviews)


This is one of the easiest yeast bread recipes. The recipe only uses four ingredients, and makes a wonderful loaf. You can make this using all purpose flour, but the bread flour really adds a lot to the texture of the bread.

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 25 minutes

Total Time: 45 minutes

Yield: Makes 1 loaf, 10-12 slices


  • 1 pkg. active dry yeast
  • 1-1/4 cups warm water (110-115 degrees F)
  • 2-3/4 to 3 cups bread flour
  • 1 tsp. salt


Dissolve yeast in the warm water and let stand five minutes, until bubbly. By hand, add 1-1/2 cups of the flour and the salt. Beat well for a few minutes. Gradually stir in enough of the remaining flour to make a soft dough.

Knead dough on a floured surface until smooth, springy and elastic, about 10 minutes. Place in greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise until double, 1-2 hours.

Punch down dough. On floured surface, roll dough to a 12x6" rectangle. Roll up dough tightly, starting with 12" side. Thoroughly pinch edges and ends to seal. Roll and stretch dough carefully to shape, making ends thinner than the center. Place, seam side down, on greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise until doubled, 45 minutes to an hour.

Slash top of loaf with very sharp knife in three places, if desired. Bake at 425 degrees for 20-30 minutes, until loaf is deep golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped with fingers. (You can, if desired, spray the loaf with water a few times during baking for a crisper crust.) Remove from cookie sheet and let cool.

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 5 out of 5
Just what I was looking for, Guest Kaleleaf4life

I made this according to the recipe but after rolling it I sliced it into 6 pieces to make rolls. The flavor was so basically awesome and the texture was perfect. These are going to make great hamburger buns! Thanks about.com

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