Easy Homemade French Bread

Easy Homemade French Bread


  • 3 tsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 4 tsp Sugar
  • 2 1/2 cups Very Warm Water
  • 1 Egg and a 1 TBS Water for egg wash


Stir sugar in bowl of very warm water to dissolve

Mix in yeast and let sit for 2 minutes

Slowly pour 5 cups of flour into water mixture and mix using a spoon

Add salt to the dough

Continue to add the rest of the flour a little bit at a time until the dough isn’t too wet. Do not add too much flour because you want to avoid making it too dry

Lightly dust your work area with flour and dump the dough on top and knead for 1 minute

If the dough is sticky and too wet, sprinkle a little bit of flour on top of the dough and knead a couple more times

Return dough to the original bowl, cover with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes

After 30 minutes is up, dump the dough back onto your lightly floured work area and fold it onto itself 4 times

Divide dough in half

Using a rolling pin, roll each half of the dough out until it is flattened evenly to about a 20″ wide diameter

Starting at one end of the dough, slowly roll the dough into 12″ logs

Place dough logs onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan, cover with a towel and let sit for 30 minutes

Preheat oven to 375°F

After dough has rested for 30 minutes, remove towel and make 4 diagonal slits into each of the dough logs

Brush on egg wash (1 egg and 1TBS water, beaten really well)

Bake at 375° for 20 minutes

To test for doneness, thump on the bottom of the loaves and if it sounds hollow, they’re done; if not, put back in oven for a couple more minutes and then recheck.

This recipe isn’t that hard to make. It’s almost fool proof!

I think the hardest part is using the right temperature of water for the yeast (because too cold won’t activate it and too hot will kill it) and making sure you don’t add too much flour to make it dry!

Go ahead and give it a try – this French bread will make you want to bake homemade bread more often!




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