How to make french bread

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making French Bread using Pamela’s Pizza Crust.

1. Assemble ingredients. 2. Whisk together Pizza Mix and yeast in the bowl of stand mixer. 3. Add water mixed with oil while mixing with paddle. 4. Mix dough until smooth. 5. Scrape off paddle, scrape down sides to form a ball, spray with non-stick spray. 6. Top bowl with plastic wrap or a well-fitting plate and keep in warm spot. 7. Preheat oven to 475° with pizza stone in top third of the oven. Let rise to double the original size. 8. Gently loosen, carefully roll out of bowl onto parchment, gently split dough in half. 9. Align two pieces lengthwise. 10. Lightly work the dough together in middle. 11. With a rubber spatula pull up from bottom, slightly smoothing sides upwards. 12. Make 3 diagonal slashes with a sharp knife: cut from top, down and slightly around. Enlarge slashes with rubber spatula. 13. Sprinkle lightly with a little more Pizza Mix over the dough. 14. Cut excess parchment off, use a pizza peel to transfer dough to hot stone. 15. Bake in preheated oven for 30 to 35 minutes. 16. Enjoy fresh crunchy baguettes.

Easy French Bread Recipe

I used to be intimidated by baking homemade bread, but I have found that bread baking is actually quite easy. It takes very little hands on time – most of your time is spent waiting for the dough to rise. And since nothing goes with dinner better than fresh bread, you need a great French Bread recipe. And this is the only recipe you’ll need.

This is the perfect loaf to serve alongside dinner – crispy on the outside and nice and soft on the inside. So few ingredients, but the flavor will blow you away!

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Easy French Bread Recipe

How to make French Bread

Homemade French Bread can sometimes be intimidating, but it is actually quite easy! It doesn’t take very much hands on time – most of your time is spent waiting for the dough to rise.

  1. Combine the yeast and the water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let it sit for 15 minutes, until the yeast starts to foam. Stir in the salt.
  2. Start adding the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue adding flour until you have a smooth dough. Switch to the dough hook once the dough starts to come together. (*You may need more or less than 5 cups of flour. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the bowl, but should still be slightly tacky.)
  3. Lightly flour a work surface. Pour the dough onto the floured surface, and knead for a few seconds, until the dough is in a smooth ball.
  4. Lightly grease a large bowl and add the dough to the bowl. Turn the dough over to coat the dough in the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, 2-4 hours.
  5. Lightly flour a work surface, and pour the dough out. Divide the dough into 2 separate pieces. Shape each piece into a long loaf, and transfer the loaves to a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Allow the loaves to rise for 5 minutes.
  6. Use a sharp knife to score the tops of the loaves. Brush the loaves with water, then place the baking sheet into a cold oven.
  7. Fill an oven safe pan with water and bring to a boil. Place the pan on the bottom shelf of the oven, under the baking sheet with the loaves. Turn the oven on to 400ºF.
  8. Bake until the bread is golden brown, about 40 minutes. (The timer should be started right as you turn on the oven.) Cool the loaves completely on a rack.
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Homemade French Bread Tips

  • This recipe can be made by hand, but it is much easier in a stand mixer.
  • Make sure your yeast is still good. If the yeast hasn’t started to foam and bloom, you probably need to replace your yeast.
  • Don’t go overboard with the flour. Add it in slowly and stop when your dough is still just a little bit sticky.
  • For the perfect rise, place your bowl with your covered dough in your oven with just the light on. The light will create just the right amount of heat to make the bread rise perfectly.
  • Brush your loaves with water (as stated in this recipe) for a crustier loaf of French bread. For a softer loaf, brush the loaves with a lightly beaten egg.

What to serve French Bread with

You can never go wrong with serving French Bread with soup! Some of my favorites that would go perfectly with a loaf of easy French Bread are my New England Chicken Chowder Recipe, Lasagna Soup, or Broccoli Cheese Soup.

French Bread also always goes with pasta! Some of my favorites are Stuffed Manicotti with Beef, One Pan Pasta with Bacon and Peas, or Baked Penne.

Homemade French Bread Recipe

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Tools used to make this Easy French Bread Recipe

  • I use a KitchenAid mixer, and love it. You can always make this French Bread by hand, but it will take some muscle and probably a little bit more time.
  • I bake the bread on either a silpat mat or parchment paper.
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    You can’t beat a classic, and this Easy French Bread recipe is so easy that you won’t want to pick it up from the supermarket anymore!

    • 1 package active yeast (2 1/4 teaspoons)
    • 2 cups lukewarm water
    • 1 tablespoon salt
    • 5 cups all-purpose flour*
    1. Combine the yeast and the water in the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the paddle attachment and let it sit for 15 minutes, until the yeast starts to foam. Stir in the salt.
    2. Start adding the flour, 1 cup at a time, mixing well after each addition. Continue adding flour until you have a smooth dough. Switch to the dough hook once the dough starts to come together. (*You may need more or less than 5 cups of flour. The dough will start to pull away from the sides of the bowl, but should still be slightly tacky.)
    3. Lightly flour a work surface. Pour the dough onto the floured surface, and knead for a few seconds, until the dough is in a smooth ball.
    4. Lightly grease a large bowl and add the dough to the bowl. Turn the dough over to coat the dough in the oil. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap that has been sprayed with nonstick cooking spray. Place the bowl in a warm place and let the dough rise until it has doubled in size, 2-4 hours.
    5. Lightly flour a work surface, and pour the dough out. Divide the dough into 2 separate pieces. Shape each piece into a long loaf, and transfer the loaves to a silpat or parchment lined baking sheet. Allow the loaves to rise for 5 minutes.
    6. Use a sharp knife to score the tops of the loaves. Brush the loaves with water, then place the baking sheet into a cold oven.
    7. Fill an oven safe pan with water and bring to a boil. Place the pan on the bottom shelf of the oven, under the baking sheet with the loaves. Turn the oven on to 400ºF.
    8. Bake until the bread is golden brown, about 40 minutes. Cool the loaves completely on a rack.

    Nutrition information provided as an estimate only. Various brands and products can change the counts. Any nutritional information should only be used as a general guideline.

    • Serving Size: 1 slice
    • Calories: 80
    • Sugar: 1 g
    • Sodium: 19 mg
    • Fat: 1 g
    • Saturated Fat: 0 g
    • Unsaturated Fat: 0 g
    • Trans Fat: 0 g
    • Carbohydrates: 15 g
    • Fiber: 1 g
    • Protein: 2 g
    • Cholesterol: 2 mg

How to make French bread pizza NOT soggy

There is a simple way to make French bread pizza so it doesn’t get soggy. All you have to do is layer on some of your toppings FIRST, and THEN add the sauce. I like to do a layer of pepperoni and then spread the sauce over it. Pre-baking the bread also helps so it doesn’t get soggy. You will get lightly crisp French bread pizza every time!

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French bread pizza toppings

You can be as creative as you want when it comes to French bread pizza. You can add sausage, mushrooms, olives… ANY of our favorite pizza toppings! The only thing you will want to keep in mind is that if you are freezing the pizzas for later use, make sure you are using freezer-friendly toppings. Toppings such as fresh tomatoes don’t freeze well (and they may make your bread soggy).

How to Make French Bread Pizza

First, spread on some garlic butter and bake (this gives it an AMAZING flavor)Next, add a layer of pepperoni (this helps the bread from getting soggy)

Then, add your sauce

Ingredients

  • 1 and 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons active dry yeast*
  • 1 and 1/2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 3-4 cups all purpose flour, spooned and leveled
  • 1 egg white, optional (for brushing)
  1. Preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Do it now so that your oven is nice and hot when you put the bread in.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine warm water, sugar, yeast, and salt. You want the water to be like a nice warm bath water. Feel it with your wrist.
  3. Set your bowl on the preheating oven and wait a couple minutes. If you see bubbles from the yeast reacting, move forward. If not, you may have killed your yeast with too hot water. Dump it and start over!
  4. Add the softened butter and 1 cup of flour, and stir together with a wooden spoon.
  5. Use the dough hook (or continue with the wooden spoon) to stir in the rest of the flour. Start with 3 cups total in the recipe (including the cup you added in step 4). Then add the last cup 1/4 cup at a time to see how much you need. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl but still sticky. (see photos) I usually add most of the fourth cup.
  6. Knead for 6-7 minutes, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  7. Prepare a baking sheet or baguette pan** with nonstick spray.
  8. At this point you can either shape the dough into one large loaf that is about 12-14 inches, or you can make 2 smaller loaves. (I made two smaller loaves to fit in my baguette pan.)
  9. Use a sharp serrated knife to make 3-4 half-inch slits on top.
  10. Cover with a tea towel and let rise for 20 minutes.
  11. When the loaf or loaves have roughly doubled in size, remove the towel.
  12. In a small bowl, use a fork to whisk up 1 egg white. Make it nice and frothy. Use a pastry brush to coat the tops and sides of the bread. You can use all or most of the egg white.
  13. Transfer the bread to the oven.
  14. Bake for about 20 minutes. You will know it is done when the top is shiny and golden, and the bottom of the loaf is browned. The longer you leave it in, the crispier your crust will be.
  15. Let cool for a bit and then devour hot with butter!

by The Food Charlatan

Source: I adapted this recipe from a recipe card I got at a church activity last month. One of the ladies shared it with the group.

You should totally take an extra 5 minutes and make this Restaurant-Style Olive Oil and Balsamic Bread Dip. HEAVENLY!

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Homemade French Bread Pizza

This is less of a recipe and more of a reminder that French bread pizza is so delicious, so easy and you should be making it more often! French bread pizza is actually a legit thing these days, but why buy them in the frozen section when you can make it better at home?

It’s toasty and crisp on the outside while soft and tender in the middle. The crunch when you bite into it is such a satisfying sound.

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It’s no secret that I love pizza in all forms, shapes and sizes. Some of my favorites are hot and bubbly Pizza Dip and Pizza Beer Bread (

How Much it Cost to Make Two Loaves of this Homemade French Bread

It’s hard to believe that a bread this delicious is so frugal too. Because it’s made with simple ingredients you can make two loaves of french bread for a fraction of the cost of buying just one loaf at the store.

The Best Homemade French Bread Recipe ~ Only 5 ingredients needed to make your own crusty and delicious french bread at home. This is a tried and true easy recipe we use all the time that only cost $.17 a loaf. It always turns out delicious and pretty too.

The hands-on time isn’t much either a few minutes to mix the dough. About 10 minutes to knead the dough. Then about a total of 5 minutes to punch down and shape the bread. Which makes this recipe just a little over 15 minutes needed in hands-on time. The rest of the time is waiting for it to bake or rise.

Cost Breakdown for 2 Loaves of French Bread

Flour $.40 Yeast $.05 Sugar $.02 Oil $.03

Salt $.004

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