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Learn how to make Perfect Homemade French Bread. It only requires a handful of ingredients to make perfect bakery style bread at home!

Loaf of homemade french bread sitting on a cutting board with a couple slices sitting next to it

There’s nothing quite like homemade bread. This homemade French bread is perfectly soft, with a nice chewy crust. It’s also incredible simple and easy to make at home using just a handful of ingredients that most bakers will already have on hand.

It really doesn’t take much time either. Yes, it’s nearly 3 hours from start to finish, but your actual hands on time is quite minimal. A few minutes here, a few minutes there, and you have deliciously perfect homemade french bread at home.

Hand holding a slice of soft homemade french breand

If you come to love homemade french bread, I highly recommend investing in a french bread pan. It is perforated (has a lot of holes) which allows for even heat circulation. This ensures the best, highest quality of loaf at home. I highly recommend purchasing one. They are cheap and make a world of difference in the end result.

If you don’t have a French bread pan, you can always use a regular baking sheet. Just be sure to give your loaves enough space in between them so that they don’t end up connected.

If you enjoy making homemade bread, be sure to check out my other homemade bread recipes. You may be interested in my famous Homemade Dinner Rolls or maybe you are more interested in other loaf recipes like my Rosemary Focaccia or my Homemade Rye Bread.  If you are feeling more adventurous, be sure to check out my Cinnamon Roll Twist Bread and my Jalapeno Cheese Bread.

Making your own perfect loaf of French bread is all about technique. I’ve created a video to give you a visual reference beyond the written recipe. Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of the recipe so that you can get the perfect loaf at home as well.

3 whole loaves of homemade French bread
Learn how to make Perfect Homemade French Bread. It only requires a handful of ingredients to make perfect bakery style bread at home!
Prep Time 2 hours
Cook Time 40 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 40 minutes
Ingredients
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons instant dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 4 1/2 - 5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 1 large egg beaten
Instructions
  • In the bowl of a stand mixer, add yeast, water, salt, and 5 cups of flour. Knead on a slow speed until the flour has started to combine. Increase speed to medium and gradually add in remaining flour until dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl.
  • Transfer to a lightly greased mixing bowl, cover with a towel, and let rise until double in size, about 1 hour.
  • Divide dough in half. Roll each half into a large rectangle. Roll up tightly from the long end. Place onto a lightly greased baking sheet or into a french bread pan. Cover and let rise 30-45 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Use a sharp knife to cut diagonal slashes on the top of each bread loaf, about 1/4 inch deep. Brush loaves with beaten egg.
  • Bake in preheated oven for 35-40 minutes, until golden brown.
Notes

Nutrition

Calories: 1406kcal | Carbohydrates: 287g | Protein: 42g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 81mg | Sodium: 1796mg | Potassium: 460mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 120IU | Calcium: 76mg | Iron: 17.8mg
Course: Bread
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French Bread

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Sandy

Made this bread and it turned out perfect! Easy and delicious.

joy

love this recipe. just baked it tonight and it came out very delicious. thanks for the recipe

Barbara Dewey

I’m making this recipe for the first time today. I’ve made other recipes for French bread but never yours. I’m hoping it turns out as good as all your other recipes, because I haven’t eaten anything yet that’s turned out bad! You’re my favorite chef, whether at home or as a professional chef and thank you for all your expertise and experience.

Thanks for sharing. The french bread are delicious. They came perfect. I love yo see you on Facebook

Lesley Castro

5 stars
Can you use bread flour. The recipe looks lush.

5 stars
Thank you for showing us the easiest n coolest way how to make french bread! Luv it, will try it!

Jenny

3 stars
It tastes good but I didn’t add enough flour so the loaves were flat. I guess I don’t know sticky from not too sticky.

Lee

5 stars
My first time making French Bread , so easy and so good! Thank you!

Michelle Vest

5 stars
Love this recipe! So easy to make. However it makes two very large loaves so you need lots of people to eat it fresh!

Kim Santamaria

This recipe makes excellent bread! Family loves it! Decided I would be making it often, so bought the French bread pans. Definitely a go-to recipe! Thank you!

5 stars
I will be trying this recipe. Thank you ?❤️?

Cheryl

5 stars
My family loved these French bread loaves, so much so that I am making them weekly for the family. Thank you for sharing a great recipe!

JP

5 stars
I love this bread, do you have a wheat bread recipe, I couldn’t locate one?

Thanks.

Hi Rachel. I love this bread recipe and have made it often. Do you ever use steam when you cook your bread?

Brenda

4 stars
I watched the video first then, a few days later, I attempted the bread following the recipe. It states to use the dump in the 5 cups of flour all @ once. I could tell by the feel of the dough that was not right, so I watched the video again, which you say to start out with 4 1/2 cups of flour & gradually add until dough releases from side of bowl. Please edit your written recipe to match the video. Thank you

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