Easy Homemade French bread


See, I did not plan on sharing a recipe today but while making this French bread I thought it would be a sin not to share. How can I not share this easy homemade French bread recipe with you?? If you are a regular around here, you already know how much I love homemade bread. And I have baked so many loaves of bread in my life. It is one of my favourite things to do.

The thing is once you start making bread at home, you look at those in the grocery store and roll your eyes. Homemade bread is so much better! The taste, flavour and texture are to die for. Most importantly, homemade bread is void of preservatives. So for these reasons, I am an unrepentant bread baker.

homemade french bread

So what triggered the making of this bread? These meatballs right here. You see, where I come from we believe meatballs and French bread are a match made in heaven. And we are absolutely right! That combo is everything! So after making a decent batch of meatballs, I kept dreaming about having them with some French bread. But the trip to the grocery store to buy some wasn’t going to happen. So I hopped into the kitchen to make some. Ha.

french bread dough

The French bread dough requires pretty simple ingredients: flour, yeast, warm water, salt and a little sugar (you can find the right quantities in the detailed recipe at the end of this post).You mix all of them in a bowl with the help of a wooden spoon or use a kitchen stand-up mixer if you have one. Then you transfer your dough onto a floured board and knead until smooth. You let the dough righ until doubled in size then you punch to remove air and place on a floured surface.

french bread step 1

Oh man, I love working with dough! I even find it therapeutic. So comforting! This is a really large piece of dough so we are going to cut this baby up into 4 equal pieces.

french bread step 2

Remove three pieces from the board, leaving one then you shape that one into a log.

french bread step 3

french bread step 5

Now, use a knife to make diagonal lines across your loaf of bread.

french bread step 6

You can make your bread as long or as short as you want. I used a long baking sheet which could accommodate long loaves.

french bread step 7

And a shorter baking sheet for two short loaves.

french bread step 8

Now let them rise in a warm place for another 30 minutes or so. Then you bake to perfection. As soon as they are out of the oven, brush with some melted butter and weep for joy.

brushing french bread with butter

Hello long beauties!

easy french bread recipe

Hello shorties!

crusty french bread_

Mr N could wait for me to take pictures so he cut some and quickly ate. Ha.

best homemade french bread recipe

This homemade French bread is a must-try! The loaves are so delish with the perfect salty taste balanced with a hint of sweetness. And yes, I devoured some with meatballs!

Here is the full recipe:

5 from 1 vote
Easy Homemade French Bread
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
55 mins
Servings: 4 loaves
Author: Precious of preciouscore.com
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour (720 g)
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water
  • 4 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 4 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 1 tablespoon butter for brushing bread with
  1. In a large bowl, mix together warm water, yeast and sugar. Add in salt, vegetable oil and flour then mix with a wooden spoon or a kitchen stand-up mixer to form a dough.

  2. Place the dough on a floured board and knead for about 5 minutes until smooth. Let the dough rise in a warm place until doubled in size for about 1-2 hours.

  3. Punch the dough to remove air. Cut the dough into four equal parts. Shape each part into a long log. Use a knife to create 6-8 diagonal lines (about half inch deep each) across each loaf. Place the loaves on greased baking sheets/trays and let them rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes.

  4. Bake in a preheated oven at 350 degrees F (180 degrees C) for about 25 minutes until the bread is nice and golden brown and hard on the outside. Brush with melted butter as soon as they are out of the oven.

Recipe Notes

To get a warm place to let your dough rise, you could warm your oven lightly, turn it off and place the dough inside. This works everytime for me.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe - PreciousCore.compre-signature-pro


  1. Dear Precious you actually make this baking game sound so easy. The day I will be able to bake a plain cake I will through a party lol. Lol@ hello long beauties and hello shorties. It makes me relate it to the way humans are being classified.

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  4. What temperature doe we bake it at?

  5. Princess Neleh

    After you make this French bread how then can u store it? Chai! You have really made me fall in love with baking. I be dey na mumu but thank God for you because God has used you to transform my life in this area. You are blessed my sister.

  6. I don’t have baking oven I have microwave..how to bake in that

  7. Just wondering can we leave the dough to rise overnight or would that be too long ?

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