easy homemade french bread

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easy homemade french bread

I can’t believe I have never shared this recipe for easy homemade french bread with you.

It is one that I use every single week without fail. 2 loaves every Sunday for as long as I remember, and sometimes I make another two later in the week for sandwiches if needed. They tend to go fast around here. I’m pretty sure Stella could eat one all by herself, not that I blame her. Fresh bread is hard to resist.

Yeast dough tends to scare people off, but really, this homemade french bread could not be any easier.

With just a handful of ingredients you will have homemadeย  french bread better than anything you could get at the store.

easy homemade french bread

easy homemade french bread


  • 1 1/4 cups very warm water
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1 envelope active dry yeast
  • 3 - 3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 tsp salt


  • dissolve the honey in the warm water
  • combine the yeast, 3 cups of flour and salt
  • add the water, and stir - adding more flour if needed to create a soft, but not too sticky, ball of dough
  • knead using the dough hook of a stand mixer or by hand on a well floured surface - about 5 minutes until you have a nice smooth ball of dough
  • place the dough in a bowl, cover, and allow to rise 1 hour - until doubled in size
  • divide the dough in half, and form each into a rectangle
  • beginning with the long edge, roll each into a loaf, pinch the seams, and place seam side down on greased pizza stone or baking sheet
  • cover and allow to rise 30 minutes
  • heat the oven to 375 F
  • just before baking, cut 4- 1/4 inch diagonal slits in the loaves
  • bake at 375 degrees 20 - 25 minutes
  • cool slightly before cutting


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