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French Bread

An American version of the classic French bread. Spray or brush with cold water during baking for a crispy crust. The bread is best eaten the day it is made.

Average: 4.4 (11 votes)
This recipe makes 1 loaf
Water1+1/4 cup
Bread Flour3+1/4 cup
Salt1 tsp
Sugar1 tsp
Active Dry Yeast2+1/4 tsp
Cornmeal3 TBSP

Recipe featured at Food Wanderings.


In large mixing bowl, combine 2 cups flour and other dry ingredients. Heat water to 120º to 130ºF. Combine dry mixture and water on low speed; beat 2 to 3 minutes on medium speed. By hand, stir in enough remaining flour to make a firm dough. Knead on floured surface until smooth and elastic, 5 to 7 minutes. Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to grease top. Cover; let rise until dough tests ripe


Turn dough onto a lightly floured surface; punch down to remove air bubbles. Roll or pat into a 14 x 7-inch rectangle. Starting with shorter side, roll up tightly, pressing dough into roll. Pinch edges and taper ends to seal. Place on lightly greased cookie sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover; let rise until indentation remains after touching. With very sharp knife, make 2 or 3 diagonal slashes across top of loaf. Brush with cold water. Bake in preheated 425ºF over 30 to 40 minutes. Spray or brush loaf with cold water several times during first 10 minutes of baking for a crisper crust. Remove from cookie sheet; cool.


*You can substitute Instant (fast-rising) yeast in place of Active Dry Yeast. When using Instant Yeast, expect your dough to rise faster. Always let your dough rise until ripe. Traditional methods: use equal amounts; Bread Machine: use 1/2 tsp Instant Yeast OR 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast per cup of flour in your recipe. Visit our Lessons in Yeast & Baking for more information on baking.


Red Star French Bread


This is such a simple wonderful Bread. Anyone can make it. I add a seed mixture to the dough as well as egg wash and seeds to the top. My whole family thinks its tops. Try this one folks.

Very easy, and so good it's craving worthy


I am new to cooking and baking, so I like easy recipes! This is a snap and the bread is so good you'll crave it! I served it to my sister and she raved about it.

French Bread Recipe

This is a great recipe. I will use it again.

Fun to do variations!

Try instead of balling it up, rolling it out and brushing it with garlic then put one row of any kind of cheese you like. Adding basil to the flour in the beginning of the recipe is nice too!

easy and a great loaf of

easy and a great loaf of bread

French Bread

So delicious. So easy. I make a loaf once a week for our son. He makes sandwiches for his school lunch with this yummy bread!

red star french bread

easy fast great , I add parmesan to mine....the best !

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