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3 whole loaves of homemade French bread
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Perfect 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 Time2 hrs
Cook Time40 mins
Total Time2 hrs 40 mins
Course: Bread
Cuisine: French
Keyword: French Bread
Servings: 2 loaves
Calories: 1406kcal
Author: Rachel Farnsworth


  • 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


  • 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.



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