Easy French Bread Recipe

I’ve got a bone to pick…

 This recipe for french bread is an easy recipe. It's soft and rises nice and fluffy. Make it with toasted sesame seeds to give it extra flavor or if you prefer, make it without. Either way, it's delicious. | Bakerette.com

I hate it when I’m chillaxin’ in the tub and someone comes banging on my door and they keep banging because they obviously know I’m home with the car out front and music blasting out (Air Supply singing “Even The Nights Are Better”, mind you). You’d think whoever was at the door would give up after 5 minutes of no one answering. I mean, there IS a very good reason I’m not answering the door. Hellooooo, I’m el-naked-o…IN. THE. TUB. Anywho, after 5 minutes of knocking and doorbell ringing and dogs freaking out, I got out of the tub, threw on a bathrobe and went to the door to scare anyone who dared interrupt my relaxation time. It had better be an emergency! It turned out it was an emergency. The neighbor needed an egg. Jeesh.

Why is it people get a joy out of interrupting my bath time? Is it an omen or something? remember when I had that intruder in my home who interrupted my bath time? There must be a sign that comes out when I’m in the tub that says “ring the doorbell, pound on the door, or walk right in because Jen’s in the tub.”

 This recipe for french bread is an easy recipe. It's soft and rises nice and fluffy. Make it with toasted sesame seeds to give it extra flavor or if you prefer, make it without. Either way, it's delicious. | Bakerette.com

Well, since I was out of the tub, I decided to bag the whole relaxation thing. Who wants to slip back into a tub with cold water? The mood was seriously interrupted.

Giving the egg to my neighbor reminded me of this delicious French Bread. How my brain went from giving the neighbor an egg to French Bread, I really don’t know other than this French Bread has egg wash on it. But if you know me and how I think, this train of thought really isn’t unusual.

This recipe was adapted from my friend Debbie’s recipe at MadeFromPinterest.net and it’s such an easy recipe. Easier than I thought this bread recipe was going to be. Another bonus? It’s incredibly delicious. Soft, too and puffs up nicely.

This recipe for french bread is an easy recipe. It's soft and rises nice and fluffy. Make it with toasted sesame seeds to give it extra flavor or if you prefer, make it without. Either way, it's delicious. | Bakerette.com

Normally when I buy a loaf of French bread from the store, we end up eating just half a loaf. Mind you, I made TWO loaves of this easy recipe for bread and one and one-half loaves got eaten. That tells me one thing…it was a hit. I made one with toasted sesame seeds and one without. I really liked the one with sesame seeds.

We love to dip our French bread in olive oil and balsamic vinegar. Mmmmmm. What do you like to eat with your French Bread?

Easy Recipe: French Bread
 
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Recipe type: Bread
Cuisine: Austrian, French
Serves: 2 loaves
Ingredients
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water (about 110 degrees F)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon active dry yeast
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour, divided
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • Egg wash: 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 tablespoon water (optional)
  • Toasted sesame seeds (optional)
Instructions
  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together sugar, yeast and water. Set aside.
  2. Cover and let set for 5 minutes until yeast is foamy.
  3. Using an electric mixer with a dough hook, add 3 cups flour and salt to the yeast mixture.Tip: Spoon the flour into the measuring cup and level off. Don't scoop or pack it in.
  4. With the mixer on low, mix until the dough starts to come together. Gradually add the remaining 3 cups of flour making sure to mix well after each addition. Add the olive oil and increase the speed to medium-high and mix until the dough comes away from the sides of the bowl and crawls up the dough hook. The bread will be very oily. This is normal.
  5. Cover the dough with a clean cloth and let rest for 10 minutes. Uncover, punch down the dough, knead for a minute, then recover. Repeat this process five times over the course of an hour.
  6. Invert the dough onto a lightly oiled surface. Divide the dough into two equal portions. Roll each half of the dough into a 9 x 12-inch rectangle (about 3/4-inches thick). Beginning at the 12-inch side, roll up dough like a jelly roll and pinch the edges to seal the seam.
  7. Evenly sprinkle a large baking sheet with cornmeal. Arrange the loaves on the baking sheet side-by-side, seam-side down, about 3-inches apart. With a sharp knife, make 3 large diagonal slashes across the surface of the dough about 1/2-inch deep. Cover and let rise until double in size (about 1 hour).
  8. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  9. With a pastry brush, brush the entire surface of the loaves with the egg wash. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired or optionally sprinkle each loaf with a tablespoon of cornmeal.
  10. Bake for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown. Remove from oven and transfer to a rack to cool. Slice and serve.

About Jen

Jen is owner, author, and creative mind behind Bakerette. Jen eats a vegan diet and recently converted Bakerette to a plant-based website that offers a smattering of healthful recipes! Jen is author of the cookbook Festive Feasts: Meals and Memories from Halloween to Christmas, which can be purchased online at Amazon or Barnes & Noble.

Comments

  1. What kind of flour?

  2. just stumbled upon your site Jen, and I love it!! im definatly making this bread, and will let you know how it turns out thankyou so much… Your pics make me drool:)

    • LOL Naz. Glad you are enjoying the website. Definitely come back and let me know how it turns out for you. I’d love to hear the feedback. Enjoy your day today!

  3. I had a very successful first-bread-making experience with this recipe. My two loaves looked pretty much like the photos, and the bread actually tasted great. The only thing I did differently was to put a cast iron skillet on the bottom rack with some ice in it. I have no idea if this helped generate a better crust, or not. My wife likes this bread better than traditional French bread with the pillow-like inside texture combined with the occasional holes along with a much harder external crust.

    I don’t yet have a stand mixer but instead, a pretty good hand mixer. My mixer stalled a few times while trying to combine the dry ingredients into the wet, forcing me to combine the last bit of flour by hand.

    While the bread flavor from the recipe was certainly excellent, the bread consistency was more like a grocery store version of French bread than a real French baguette.

    • So glad you had a good experience and that it worked out great for you! Thanks for letting me know and the readers know.

  4. Hi Jeni! Thanks for the shout out today! And so glad that you liked the bread! Deb

  5. I can relate, my bubble bath is my time. But last time the neighbor interrupted it was to bring me a bottle of wine. Bubble baths and wine are a winning combination

  6. Invite me over and make soup and this bread! ;)

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