Easy French Bread (Extra Large)

READY IN: 3hrs 5mins
Recipe by Claudia Dawn

Easy French Bread using the breadmaker to mix and the oven to bake. The bread machine is a great invention, but I find the bread tastes better when it bakes in the oven. Prepare at least 3 hours before serving. To make a regular sized loaf, change the number of servings to 1/2 a loaf.

Top Review by invictus

While we greatly enjoy this bread and have eaten almost all of it, we don't feel that it is a true french bread hence the rating. I made it Sunday night to go with our spaghetti dinner and was quite disappointed with the texture. It wasn't light and spongy like a french bread but still good. I have since served the bread with several other meals and it has been gobbled up.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 1 12 cups water
  • 4 cups flour, preferably white bread flour
  • 2 12 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 12 teaspoons yeast, fast rising or 2 12 teaspoons yeast, active dry


  1. Place ingredients in bread machine as shown. Set for dough.
  2. Form into loaf on floured board - do NOT punch down.
  3. Placed on greased cookie sheet and allow to rise 1 hour.
  4. Bake 30-35 minutes in PREHEATED oven at 350 degrees F.

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