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Easy Homemade Bakery French Bread. Quick and easy homemade french bread made at home. Kids can make this bread! Super easy to follow foolproof recipe. www.modernhoney.com

Homemade French Bread

Simple, quick, and easy homemade French bread recipe. 

Kids can even make this bread. For real.  It’s that easy. Making any bread from scratch can be a daunting task and it’s easy to be intimidated by the whole process. I am going to break it down and hopefully ease any worries. You may even become a master bread maker!

This Homemade Bakery French Bread can be done in a little more than one hour which means you can have hot, fresh bread straight out of the oven when the kids get home from school even if you don’t start baking until afternoon. You won’t need to run to the bakery for your french bread anymore when you can make better bread at home….in no time flat.

I taught a culinary class for kids in both Texas and Arizona and I’ve watched 7-year-olds tackle this homemade French bread recipe. I loved seeing the pictures those kids sent me showing the french bread masterpieces they made for their families.

Homemade Bakery French Bread

As a child, I remember riding my bike home from school and opening the back door to the smells of homemade bread baking in the oven. My Mom always said that she could live on bread alone so bread was always essential in our home. There’s nothing more comforting than a hot piece of bread straight from the oven covered in churned butter and homemade strawberry jam.

Let’s get down to the basics so you can start baking.

How to make quick and easy homemade bakery french bread:

  • Making sure the yeast proofs is essential. Using fresh yeast is important and mixing with warm water (not too hot, not too cold) will ensure success. Yeast loves sugar so add a pinch of sugar to the mixture. Let it work for about 10 minutes.

Homemade Bakery French Bread

  • Adding flour one cup at a time is important so you can see when the dough pulls away from the sides of the bowl. That’s when you know it’s ready. Put flour down on the counter so the dough doesn’t stick. That isn’t fun. I love my Bosch mixer and can find a great deal on one below.

Homemade Bakery French Bread

Homemade Bakery French Bread

  • The loaves don’t have to look perfect. I rolled these babies in 7 1/2 minutes flat before I sprinted to my little girl’s performance. Don’t forget to make 3-4 diagonal cuts with a sharp knife before placing on silpat or greased cookie sheet. These silicone baking sheets make it so easy to remove the bread from the baking sheet. Let rise for 30-40 minutes.

Homemade Bakery French Bread

  • Bake at 375 degrees for 18-22 minutes until lightly golden brown. Watch it carefully to turn a light golden brown color.

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Homemade Bakery French Bread

By: Melissa Stadler, Modern Honey
Homemade bakery french bread in minutes. This super simple and easy french bread recipe will be a hit in your home. It only takes a little more than an hour to have hot, fresh bread straight out of the oven. Forget the bakery when you can make it at home!
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients  

  • 2 Tablespoons Yeast
  • 1/2 cup Warm Water
  • 2 cups Hot Water
  • 3 Tablespoons Sugar
  • 2 1/2 teaspoons Salt
  • 1/3 cup Oil
  • 6 1/2 cups Flour
  • 1 Egg for brushing on bread

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl, dissolve your yeast in ½ cup warm water. Make sure that your water is warm (not too cold, not too hot). Let proof for 10 minutes.
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour and mix together. Add the yeast mixture to a bowl.
  • Add the remaining 3 1/2 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Watch for it to start pulling away from the bowl to know it's ready. Once all of the flour is added, let sit for 10 minutes.
  • Separate your dough into 3 pieces. On a floured surface roll each piece into a 9x12 rectangle. Roll it up like a jelly roll. Shape into a french bread loaf and smooth out edges.
  • Place the dough on a greased baking pan or a Silpat, seam side down. Using a knife, make 3-4 diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch thick in bread. Brush with your beaten egg.
  • Let dough rise uncovered for 30-40 minutes in a warm place.
  • Bake at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

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Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Easy Bake French Bread
Cuisine: American
Servings: 8
Keyword: french bread recipe
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Happy Baking, my friends! I can’t wait to hear what you think about this quick and easy homemade french bread.


Hi, I'm Melissa Stadler!

I am an Award-Winning Recipe Creator. Cover of Food Network Magazine. Two-Time Pillsbury Bake-Off Finalist. I am passionate about sharing the best recipes so you have success in the kitchen!

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669 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    This is the best recipe for French bread, easy and no fuss. I will repeat that in order for the yeast to proof, you should add the sugar to the warm water and the yeast. I used warm tap water, no frills. This is the 3rd time I’ve made this bread, it certainly doesn’t stay around here for very long!

  2. I will try this recipe this weekend and I would to add some light rye flour if you can give me some guidance as to amount (I thought about one cup)

  3. 5 stars
    I have used this several times, when I didn’t have much notice we were having guests. I have had so many people rave over thos bread. I always give credit and share the recipe and where I found it!

  4. Hi,
    If I had rapid yeast, how should I adjust the rise time?
    Also, I don’t have a stand mixer so can I knead by hand instead?
    Thank you for your help!

  5. 5 stars
    My husband and I had a competition, who’s going to make better bread. I won. It’s delicious. It turned out so fluffy and yummy.

  6. 5 stars
    I bake a lot of bread,,,this was very easy, made 3 nice loaves. Topped with butter, not egg wash. Very nice flavor