Really Easy, Really Good French Bread

Total Time
Prep 0 mins
Cook 30 mins

A dear friend gave me this recipe, swearing that it is too easy to mess up- and she was right! It was delicous, better than anything fresh from the bakery!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Dissolve yeast, warm water, and sugar in a small bowl.
  2. In a large bowl or stand mixer, combine hot water, granulated sugar, salt, and oil. Add 1 1/2 cups of flour to the mixture in the large bowl/mixer and mix well. Stir in yeast mixture.
  3. Add 1 – 1 1/2 cups more flour and mix until well blended. (At this point your dough will still be quite sticky). Leave in bowl and let rise for 1 hour, mixing a few strokes a couple of times during the hour.
  4. Divide dough into 2 (or 3 if you want smaller loaves) pieces. Roll out each piece on a floured surface into the length desired then roll up length wise like a jelly roll.
  5. Put on a greased cookie sheet, sealed side down, and tuck the ends under. Slash the top diagonally across the top every couple of inches with a sharp knife. Brush with egg white. Preheat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Let loaves rise 30 more minutes.
  6. Bake for 25 - 30 minutes.
Most Helpful

5 5

This recipe is amazing! The bread is always nice and crusty outside with a super soft inside. I make this bread at least three times a month! I make exactly as directed, but I brush the top with a little milk before baking instead of egg white. Thank you for posting!

5 5

I was worried at first because my dough didn't seem to raise. However, the resulting loaves were incredible! They were the lightest loaves I have ever made! Plus, this was the first recipe I ever found that made French bread that tastes like the ones you buy in the store! Absolutely the best French bread recipe ever!

5 5

Very good! So much better than store bought! Will be using this a lot! Thanks for the recipe and thank your dear friend too!!!