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French Bread Recipe

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Rising 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 12
Calories 192 kcal


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water between 110-115 degrees
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 5 cups bread flour
  • olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon corn meal


  1. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook, combine yeast, warm water and sugar and let set 1-2 minutes to activate yeast. 

  2. Add salt and bread flour to bowl, mix on low speed until combined, then increase speed to medium high and kneed dough for another 5 minutes.

  3. Remove bowl from mixer and drizzle a small amount of olive oil over dough, turn to coat. Cover bowl and let rise for one hour.

  4. Gently punch dough down and turn out onto lightly floured smooth surface. Divide dough into two portions. Use a rolling pin to gently roll dough in a 12 inch long rectangle. Starting with furthest long edge, roll into a long loaf shape, cinnamon roll style, pinching seams together. Place both loaves seam side down on baking sheet. Lightly cover and let rise for additional 30 minutes. 

  5. While loaves are rising, preheat oven to 450 degrees.

  6. Use a sharp knife to score loaves diagonally. Sprinkle with cornmeal and bake for about 20 minutes, or until loaves are a light golden brown. 

  7. Let cool slightly before slicing. Optional: Brush with warm melted butter just before serving.

Nutrition Facts
French Bread Recipe
Amount Per Serving (12 g)
Calories 192 Calories from Fat 9
% Daily Value*
Fat 1g2%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Sodium 389mg17%
Potassium 58mg2%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 7g14%
Calcium 8mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.