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Homemade French Bread Recipe

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I used to make this Homemade French Bread Recipe using a bread machine. In fact, I have been making it that way for years. When my bread machine broke, I was determined not to buy another and learn to love making bread by hand. This is the same recipe and it came out great! I hope you give homemade bread a try. I only wish I’d done this sooner.

Ingredients you’ll need to make this recipe

There are just a few ingredients required to make this recipe.

How to make Homemade French Bread

Add the warm water to the bowl of an electric mixer with a dough hook attachment. Then add the bread flour, sugar, salt and finally the yeast. Mix for a few minutes until a rough ball forms.

You’ll want to finish kneading the ball by hand on a lightly floured surface, then place in an oiled bowl covered with a lint free towel. Allow to rise for at least 30 minutes.

Form into a loaf and allow to rise another 30-45 minutes. Finally, brush with an egg wash mixture (just egg thinned with water). Brush all exposed areas.

Bake in a preheated oven set at 375 degrees until golden. When you tap the bottom of the loaf, it should sound hollow. Allow to cool.

Store lightly wrapped in a bread bag or parchment.

Slice with serrated bread knife and slather with your favorite salted butter. I love these warm, but they also toast up really well and make an awesome brushetta!

Did you make my Homemade French Bread Recipe? Leave me a comment below and let me know what you thought. You can also tag me with your photos on Instagram @aimee_stock I love seeing what you come up with! 🙂

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Homemade French Bread Recipe

Homemade French Bread Recipe
Course bread
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Rise Time (2 rises): 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 40 minutes
Servings 2 loaves
Calories

Equipment

  • Stand Mixer with a Dough Hook (for mixing & kneading)
  • Greased Bowl with a Towel (for rising)
  • Lined Sheet Pan (for baking)
  • Pastry Brush

Ingredients

  • 1 c Water lukewarm (between 95 to 105 degrees)
  • 2 3/4 c Bread Flour
  • 1 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp Active Dry Yeast

FOR BAKING:

  • 1 large Egg Yolk
  • 1 tbsp Water

FOR SERVING:

  • Salted Butter

Instructions

  • Add the ingredients to a stand mixer taking care that your water is warm but not hot or it will kill the yeast.
  • Allow the mixer to knead until it becomes a rough ball, then remove to a lightly floured surface to continue kneading by hand until smooth.
  • Oil a bowl lightly and add your dough ball, rolling it around to coat all sides. Cover with a lint free towel and place in a warm spot to rise for about 30 minutes.
  • After 30 minutes, shape into two loaves, cover and allow to rise another 30 minutes.
  • While the dough is rising, you can preheat the oven to 375 degrees and also combine one egg yolk with a tablespoon of water.
  • Place the loaves on a lined baking sheet and brush all exposed areas with the egg wash.
  • Bake for 22-25 minutes or until golden. The bottom, when tapped, should produce a hollow sound. It may take a few more minutes depending on your oven.
  • Allow to cool completely, then store in bread bags or serve warm with butter.
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