5 from 9 votes
Homemade French Bread
Homemade French Bread
Prep Time
1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
2 hrs 55 mins
 

This Homemade French Bread is an all-time family favorite at my house, no matter how you slice it! And when things are either homemade or made with homegrown ingredients, it’s bound to be a winner.

Keyword: clean eating, easy recipe, family favorite bread, Homemade French Bread, kid approved recipe
Servings: 2 loaves
Author: Valya's Taste of Home
Ingredients
  • Homemade French Bread Ingredients
  • 4 cups – organic all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp. - dry yeast
  • 1 tsp. – sea salt
  • 1 cup – water (room temperature)
  • 2 tbsp. – unsalted butter
  • 1/3 cup – organic whole milk
  • 1 tsp. – organic sugar (optional)
  • Egg to brush the loaves
Instructions
  1. Homemade French Bread Instructions

  2. Into the bread maker pan add all the ingredients: flour, yeast, sea salt, softened butter, and room temperature water and milk.
  3. Lock the pan in its bread maker and press the dough cycle for the dough to form. It usually takes 30 minutes of kneading and one hour of rising.
  4. After the dough cycle is done, transfer the dough onto a well-floured working space (I use a large cutting board). Split the dough in two and roll both chunks into two spheres. Shape them into long French bread shaped loaves. Or one large French bread loaf. Baking and rising time are the same for both.
  5. Place them on a greased or lined with parchment paper cookie sheet. Brush both loaves with egg wash. Slice a few line designs over the top of each loaf and allow them to proof for 30 minutes.
  6. After about 15 minutes of proofing, preheat the oven to 350F (180 C). Then bake for 20 minutes. Remove from the oven and cool for 10 minutes before removing them from the cookie sheet. Cool completely before serving.

Recipe Notes

Brushing bread loaves with egg wash is optional as well. Another alternative is to spray loaves with water before placing them into the oven.