Basic Machine French Bread

Total Time
3hrs 15mins
Prep 5 mins
Cook 3 hrs 10 mins

This is my winner with Tammiev and our friends. This recipe is for a 2 pound loaf and has never failed me. I think it is the lack of oil and sugar that they like in this one.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups water, at about 105 degrees
  • 4 cups flour (a flour with at 4 grams protein per serving is best)
  • 1 12 teaspoons salt (I use kosher)
  • 2 12 teaspoons dry yeast


  1. Add to the bread pan in the order yours needs.
  2. For mine it is water first.
  3. Then I add half the flour and the salt followed by the rest of the flour and the yeast on top.
  4. This will run well on the normal, rapid, and delay start cycles.
Most Helpful

This is one AWESOME bread! I made it on the dough cycle, and then took it out, rolled it out into a 15x8 rectangle and then rolled it up on the 15 inch sides. Then I pinched the edges together to be "seamless" and then rolled it back and forth, gently, to taper the ends (bring to almost a point) and then put it on a greased baking sheet with a little cornmeal. I put a few slits in the top about 1/4 inch deep and brushed on a little bit of cold water all over the top of the loaf. Let it rise for another hour and then used 1 egg white to brush over the top of it, and then baked it at 350 for 25-35 minutes (when it was a golden brown and sounded hollow when I thunked it). This turned out to be one of the best tasting loafs I have ever had! I will make this again and more buying french bread for me!!!

~*Miss Diggy*~ December 08, 2002

This is Tammiev, not sure why I was logged in as DH - This bread is great.. I love it hot out of the bread maker.. when I can get away with it. It is wonderful for sandwiches too. I am not kidding,the wonderful yeasty taste and dense structure takes sandwiches to another level. Try cutting it with a bow knife. It makes cutting perfect slices either thick or thin effortless

rickv April 09, 2003

AWESOME BREAD!!! So easy to make!! Great crispy crust...nice and fluffy on the inside!! I followed Diggy's suggestion, by making the bread machine do all the kneading (hard work), and i finished it off in the oven. No more store bought french loaf for my family!!! Went really well with Mean Chef's Linguine with White Clam Sauce #42310. It really soaked up all the wonderful juices of the pasta. Wouldn't change this recipe one bit!!

KitchenManiac March 30, 2003