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Easy Homemade French Bread

Who knew homemade French bread could be so easy?! Skip the bakery and learn how to make your own crusty French bread loaves at home.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bread, french bread
Calories: 786kcal
Author: Kasey Schwartz


  • 1 package 1/4 ounce active dry yeast
  • 1 cup warm water 110° to 115°
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 3 to 3-1/4 cups all-purpose flour
  • Cornmeal
  • 1 large egg white
  • 1 teaspoon cold water


  • In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
  • Add the yeast mixture to a mixer bowl then add in the oil, salt, and 2 cups flour. Using the paddle attachment, blend until mixed well.
  • Stir in enough remaining flour to form a stiff dough.
  • Remove the paddle attachment and add the dough hook - allow to “knead” for 5-8 minutes.
  • Alternatively, turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease top.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface.
  • Shape into a 16x2-1/2-in. loaf. Or you can shape into two smaller loaves.
  • Sprinkle cornmeal over a greased baking sheet; place loaf on baking sheet.
  • Make three diagonal cuts across the top. Cover lightly with a towel. Let rise for 30-60 minutes
  • Once the dough has risen, preheat oven to 375°.
  • Beat egg white and cold water; brush over dough.
  • Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes.
  • Remove from pan to a wire rack to cool.


Calories: 786kcal | Carbohydrates: 116g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Sodium: 1167mg | Potassium: 164mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 25g | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 5mg