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Homemade French Bread

Homemade French Bread doesn’t get any easier than this. The perfect golden crust on the outside & soft & chewy on the inside, and the best part is that it is ready in just about an hour. You can’t help but fall in love.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine American, French
Keyword bread, french bread
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
rest & rise 40 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 3 loaves

Ingredients

  • 2 tbsp dry yeast or rapid rise yeast
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups hot water 115-125 degrees
  • 3 tbsp granulated sugar
  • 1 tbsp table salt
  • 5 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour- divided
  • 1 egg beaten – for glazing bread

Instructions

  • Dissolve the yeast in ½ cup warm water.
  • In a separate mixer bowl, combine hot water, granulated sugar, table salt, oil & 3 cups of the flour, stir.
  • Using the paddle attachment for the mixer, slowly fold in the proofed yeast into the flour mixture.
  • Add the remaining 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  • Once all of the flour is added, allow resting for 10 minutes.
  • Using a dough cutter, portion the dough into 3 pieces.
  • On a well-floured surface, roll each dough ball into approx. 9×12 rectangle.
  • Then roll that rectangle, starting on the long end like a jelly or cinnamon roll (the long way).
  • Place the dough on a parchment lined baking pan, seam side down.
  • Score the bread across the top 3 or 4 times.
  • Combine egg with a splash of water in a small bowl & whisk well.
  • Brush the tops of the loaves with the egg wash.
  • Let dough rise uncovered for 30 minutes in a warm place.
  • Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes at 375 or until golden brown.