Easy French Bread recipe

One of the easiest ways to make French bread at home. Nothing beats a nice slice of freshly baked bread with butter!

Course bread
Cuisine French
Keyword French bread
Prep Time 2 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 55 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories 915 kcal
Author Anna


  • 4 c bread flour all-purpose can be substituted
  • 2 t salt
  • 2 t yeast
  • 1-1/2 c warm water
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  1. In the bowl, combine warm water and yeast. Stir to combine.
  2. In another bowl, whisk together 3-3/4c of flour and the salt.
  3. Pour the flour mixture into the yeast mixture. Using a stand mixer or hand mixer, mix for 3 minutes. Dough should pull away from the sides and form a ball. Add more flour if needed.
  4. Sprinkle remaining 1/4c of flour on your counter. Place the dough on top and knead until smooth. Form into a ball. Place dough into a greased bowl and cover. Allow to rise in a warm place for 90 minutes.
  5. Preheat oven to 450. Place a large inverted baking sheet into the oven to preheat.
  6. Place dough on floured surface and form into a ball. Cut the ball in half. Shaping one half at a time, spread the dough into a rectangle, then fold the rectangle inward onto itself length-wise to form a long loaf. Pinch the edges to form a seam. Turn seam-side down. Repeat with other half. Cover and let rise another 30 minutes.
  7. With a sharp knife, cut shallow slits diagonally across the tops of the loaves.
  8. Remove the inverted baking sheet from the oven. Carefully place your loaves onto the hot pan. Place the pan on the center rack of the oven. Bake 20-25 minutes.
Nutrition Facts
Easy French Bread recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 915 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 4g 6%
Sodium 2335mg 97%
Potassium 288mg 8%
Total Carbohydrates 182g 61%
Dietary Fiber 7g 28%
Protein 31g 62%
Calcium 3.8%
Iron 12.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.