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How to make French Bread from Scratch

Updated on June 29, 2011
How to make home made french  bread from scratch
How to make home made french bread from scratch

Making French Bread from scratch is one of the best tasting French Bread's you will ever eat! Not only will you be saving money from your local grocery store, but you will be able to make this French bread to your specific liking in taste and and the amount you will be eating.I am going to list a simple and easy recipe through a step by step guide.




These will be the ingredients that you will need:

  • yeast - 2 Tbsp.
  • Warm water- 2 cups
  • bread flour - 5 Cups Total
  • Sugar - 2 Tbsp
  • salt 2- 2 tsp.
  • oil - 2 Tbsp.
  • dried parsley- (optional fresh parsley chopped )
  • Garlic powder- (optional fresh minced garlic)
  • paprika
  • 1 Large Bowl
  • Mixing spoon
  • measuring cup
  • 1 large pan
  • wax paper (optional)
  • cooking spray (optional)

Step 1 (Mixing your ingredients)

Mix these ingredients

  • Water
  • Sugar
  • yeast
  • salt
  • 3 cups of flour

Sift this well.

Step 2

Then add:

Warm water (this water should not be hot or cold, if its too hot, it will not work, and if its too cold this will not rise)

Also Add your:

  • Oil
  • Garlic
  • Parsley
  • Paprika

This is where you can be very creative, adding alot or a little to your liking.

How to make french bread from scratch
How to make french bread from scratch

Step 3

Mix this together with a large spoon.

Let this sit for about 8-10 mins, your dough will be sticky and bubbly, depending on your yeast you may have a slight yeast smell and this will let you know your recipe is working.

Step 4

Knead dough about 8 to 9 times, adding your remaining flour, which is about 2 cups. Put a Damp cloth over your bowl and let this rise for about 45 minutes. This should double in size.

Step 5

After your 45 mins is up, dough should be double in size. Now take your dough punch it down and divide into 3 sections.

  • At this point you can make a nice braid.
  • Or you can also make a twist, dividing into two sections and just twisting the dough.
  • or you can just make one large long loaf.

Step 6

After the dough rises, this will be the time where you will want to sprinkle the top with

  • Paprika
  • Parsley
  • Garlic
  • This is optional.

How to make homemade french bread from scratch.
How to make homemade french bread from scratch.

Step 7

Now the dough is ready to put into your Large pan. You can use a non-sticking spray, or butter. Or you can use wax paper, with sticking spray on it. Cover and let your dough Rise again. This can take about 30 mins to 6 hours, depending on how fast it rises.

Make bread from scratch.
Make bread from scratch.

Step 8

After the bread has risen to your desire,
preheat oven to 375 and cook perfectly at 25 mins.

How to make home made french bread from scratch
How to make home made french bread from scratch
How to make home made french bread from scratch
How to make home made french bread from scratch

Step 9

After your French Bread is cooked, Place onto a cooking rack.This will allow the steam from the bottom to release, without making the bread too moist.

Now you can take a little melted butter and pour some on the top.

This will be so good, you will never want to eat store bought French Bread again.Enjoy!!!

I also have a "How to Make Homemade Bread from Scratch" be sure to check it out :)


I hope you enjoy making such a wonderful homemade french bread from scratch,. It is much healthier and cheaper to make, you can also buy a bread maker for your bread making and time can be faster. Either way it is a very enjoyable experience and anyone is capable of doing it and you will love the taste. For more great recipes and home health remedies please see my other articles and

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      Mich 6 years ago

      Thanks for the great recipe. First batch was like thin crust pizza couldn't wait for it to rise was hungry had with hotdogs and chili onions and cheese. second batch made the same wanted more than made baby loafs turned out great. thanks

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      butterflystar 6 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Thank you Ladies! ^^ I hope that you really Enjoy making the French Bread!! Its really Good and it won't Last Long, Now I make a few instead of just one :))

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      preety girl 6 years ago

      Will try it out... good one!Congrat's

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      FloraBreenRobison 6 years ago

      I would love to make French bread-any bread-from scratch. Alas, it is not in my makeup. it does not turn out. It's only a quarter after ten a.m. and I'm starting to think about lunch already.

      Congratulations on your nomination

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      Denise Handlon 6 years ago from North Carolina

      Awesome. Bookmarked under my 'recipe' collection. Congrats on your nomination-good luck.

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      MyMastiffPuppies 6 years ago

      Congrats on your nomination! The bread sounds delicious and would be a wonderful addition to my homemade spaghetti! Thanks for sharing, voted up, useful and awesome...

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      butterflystar 6 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Thank you so much! Everyone! I hope you enjoy the recipe and let me know how it turns out! Be sure to make a couple because it won't last very long, you can also make a nice garlic butter spread to put on the bread as well. :))

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      Deborah Demander 6 years ago from First Wyoming, then THE WORLD

      Congratulations on your hubnugget nomination. I can't wait to make this. I love making my own bread.


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      kat11 6 years ago from Illinois

      The recipe sounds easy enough and homemade is always better than store bought.

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      dobo700 6 years ago from Australia

      Sounds delicious, I will have to give it a go.

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      cardelean 6 years ago from Michigan

      Fresh, homemade is amazing. I'm sure it doesn't last long! Thanks for the recipe. Your step by step guide along with the pictures was great.

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      butterflystar 6 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Thank You Stephanie and Ripplemaker I would Love to share some French Bread with you Ladies, if you were Here :) I hope you all enjoy the recipe, and remember you can always add your own ingredients for flavor as well :) I hope you enjoy it.. Thank YOU again :))

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      Stephanie Bradberry 6 years ago from New Jersey

      butterflystar, this bread looks really good. I saw your comment that the bread did not last long. There is nothing like hot, fresh bread.

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      butterflystar 6 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Thank YOU Ripplemaker!! Thank you so much for nominating me, this is an honor!! (hugs) :))

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      Michelle Simtoco 6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      French Bread you go! A recipe to delight for! tee hee....please please if you were in my neighborhood, I would be ordering this from you, that's for sure. I am not so certain about my cooking-baking abilities heheheh

      Sesame Street Hubnuggets News: Congratulations on your Hubnuggets nomination. Do read and cast your vote by clicking on this link please:

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      Sun360 6 years ago

      Rich and looks quite delicious, thanks for really sharing.

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      butterflystar 6 years ago from A Place of Success :)

      Your Welcome :) ^^, Those are my real photos of my french bread, It didn't last 5 mins! It was so good and my children were wanting more, that's the only downfall to homemade, is its gone as soon as you make it :))

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      Pamela Oglesby 6 years ago from United States

      The bread looks delicious and thank you for the recipe.