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Homemade French Bread Recipe

Easy homemade french bread recipe that is soft on the inside with the perfect crusty top. So simple to mix up and SO delicious.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 20
Calories 154 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 ¼ cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 tbsp instant dry yeast
  • ¾ tbsp kosher salt
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. In bowl of stand mixer set up with a dough hook, on low speed, combine warm water, sugar and yeast.

  2. Add in the salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour, and mix on medium low speed until combined.  On medium low speed, gradually add in about 3 cups more flour.  You will know you have added in enough flour when the dough starts to pull apart from the sides of the mixing bowl and forms a soft dough ball.  If your dough is sticking to the sides, add a ¼ cup of flour at a time until it pulls apart from bowl side easily.

  3. Transfer the dough ball into a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel.  Let the dough sit in bowl to rise to double its size.  This should take about an hour.

  4. Remove the dough from the bowl when ready and divide into two pieces.  Pat and pull each piece into about a 9x13 rectangle.  Once in a rectangle shape, roll dough into a french bread loaf shape, pinching the ends to seal.  Place the two bread dough loafs, seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.   

  5. Cover dough with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let rise for about an hour, until their size has almost doubled.

  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and place oven rack in center position.  With a pizza cutter or baker's lame, score the bread by cutting about 5-6 gashes at an angle on top of each loaf.

  7. Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and completely baked through.  Let cool for 10 minutes and serve warm with butter and honey.  SO good.

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe

Nutrition Facts
Homemade French Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 154 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 264mg11%
Potassium 45mg1%
Carbohydrates 30g10%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 4g8%
Calcium 6mg1%
Iron 1.7mg9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.