Super Easy French Bread - A Bountiful Love

Super Easy French Bread

I do not know about you, but Rob and I love a loaf of warm..homemade bread. I used to be intimidated by the thought of making my own bread.  I've dealt with " failed " bread..yep..been there...Bread that didn't rose...bread that is as hard as a rock..bread that is flat as a squished pillow.  When I see a recipe that calls for anything yeast on it.. my initial thought would be.. " ha..that is not happening ".  Just like anything else, practice makes it perfect :) I faced that "yeast fear" ( wondering now if that term even exists) and I am proud to say ( drum roll here) I can make bread.  I promise you this is a very easy way to make a French Bread.


2 1/4 cups flour, more for kneading
1 tsp salt
2 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast
1 tbsp sugar
1 cup warm water ( 120 F )


Using your mixer, combine the  2 cups flour, salt, sugar, and yeast. Add water and beat for 3 minutes. Add in 1/4 cup of flour or enough flour to make it kneadable and soft. Place your dough in a floured surface and knead for about 3-5 minutes until smooth. It should also be elastic.

Place your kneaded dough into the bowl, cover  ( I used a tea towel)  and let it rise for 45 minutes.

After 45 minutes, punch dough down. Using a rolling pin,  roll your dough into a long rectangular shape.

Starting at the long end, roll it up ( like a jelly roll).

Put the rolled dough into a greased cookie sheet parchment-lined cookie sheet ( seam side down), cover with a wet towel and let it rise again for about half an hour. Your dough may take longer o rise if your house is cold.

My dough looked like this after the second rising.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Make 3 or 4 diagonal slit/slash on top of your dough ( use a sharp knife)

Bake for 15-20 minutes or until it is golden brown. Let it cool.

Serve it with stews or warm soup, or pasta dishes. Make a garlic bread or much better..just butter it up! It is awesome by itself.

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  1. Hi!
    This bread looks so yummy! My hubby and I like to make cheese, and are left with a ton of whey, which I have been trying to make bread with. Whenever I try, my bread always seems to spread out during the second rise. I will have to try this! Also, I have been trying to start a weekly link party (What's Cooking Wednesday) to link up any type of recipe. I would love for you to join! This week's party is still open, hope to see you there. :)

    1. Hi Danielle.. I would love to! thank you for the invite and yes..I would love to join the party. See you soon!

  2. Thanks for this great step-by-step tutorial!

    1. Hi Sarah!! Thank you very much for visiting and you are welcome. Have great day!

  3. This looks so good! Great job! Thank you for sharing this post at City of Creative Dream's City of Links last Friday! I appreciate you taking the time to party with me. Hope to see you again this week :)


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