Everyday Bread (French Bread) Abm Bread Machine

"This is our everyday bread that we use for sandwiches and toast. It's dairy and egg free which makes it a favorite of mine - this also makes it safe to use the bread machine timer. This recipe makes a 2 pound loaf, but you can easily halve it for smaller machines."
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photo by Sheila O. photo by Sheila O.
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Ready In:
3hrs 5mins
1 slice




  • Add ingredients in the order listed to your bread machine, or follow the manufacturers directions for adding ingredients.
  • Choose the basic cycle with regular or light crust. Rapid cycle will work, too.

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  1. I was looking for a recipe for my new baguette pans and thought of your French Bread. Came out spectacular; they gobbled these us and asked for the recipe. Thanks Angie.<br/>Rita<br/><br/>I know you have had good reviews, but I always enjoy getting them. I 've been looking for a nice French Bread recipe for my ABM. Love this one and made a couple of small breads and 4 large buns for paninis. Followed the recipe except I used onecup whole wheat flour; I did add water, but I seems to do that for every recipe.I love the crust, the texture. Will be making this one againa and again. Thanks. I included a pic of my prize.<br/>Rita
  2. This is now my favorite bread recipe. I didn't have the total 4 cups of bread flour. I only had 2 of the cups so I used 2 cups of all purpose flour. I have a special pan that shapes 2 loaves and this worked perfectly. I also put a pan of water under my loaves to bake. A few tablespoons extra of water helped me to shape on counter with added flour but to be honest, it was a little sticky rolling out but the end result was perfect. I don't think I have made better bread.
  3. Enjoyed this recipe. I divided the dough in half and made a 1 lb loaf of bread and the other half 8 dinner rolls. For the dinner rolls, after 2nd rise in a greased pan, I brushed with egg white mixed with 1 Tb spoon of water (although you could use honey to avoid egg), then sprinkled a few rolls with toasted sesame seeds and others with toasted poppy seeds. For the bread, I tossed about 1 Tb cornmeal on the bottom of a greased baking pan, then placed dough on top before the 2nd rise, and brushed with egg wash before baking. I used a 350F oven for ~35 minutes for the bread and ~25 minutes for the rolls. Crust was crunchy and inside was soft. Important: hide the rolls so you have some for dinner!
  4. This is my favorite everyday bread recipe. I have to avoid whole grains and it's difficult to find white bread that is easy to make yet flavorful. I add 2 T flax meal for some texture and omega-3s. I use the dough setting on my bread machine and put in the pan for 2nd rising. Baked at 375 for 35 minutes makes a perfect loaf every time. Thank you!
  5. I made this last night and it was delicious! I couldn't find the recipe I usually use, and stumbled on this. My husband had bought Self Rising flour by accident, but it didn't seem to make any difference.


  1. I've made this recipe quite a few times now in the Black and Decker All in one Horizontal bread maker. I've been tweaking it for my machine, reducing the yeast everytime i make it. 1.5 tsp traditional yeast seems to be right for me. I use All Purpose flour (Canadian) with great results. I've also used 1/2 whole wheat flour and barley malt instead of honey YUM!
  2. This is a wonderful bread, made it yesterday for supper, everyone loves it. Wasn't sure about the honey, glad I used it came out great. I made it on the dough setting as I like to bake my bread in the oven, made two loafs.I put an egg wash on top of the loafs and sprinkled them with sasame seeds. came out great. Will be making it again. TIP: If you apply a bit of oil on your spoon before you measure the honey it will slide off the spoon with ease.I did this by accident when measuring the ingredients, I first measured the oil and then the honey with the same spoon no honey goes to waste.Thought I'd share this and make life a little bit easier. Have made this bread a few times already and every time it comes out gread. Yesterday I made a few changes, I used 2 cups bread flour, 2 cups whole wheat flour, I also replaced the sugar with brown sugar. It came out wonderful.


Hi, I'm a Wife and Mom of three girls ranging in age from 9 to 16. Two of my daughters have special needs, so life is never dull! We live in Michigan in a very rural area near the lake (lots of farmland and fishermen). My husband and I own a copywriting business and I am a food writer and blogger. I have a degree in culinary arts and love to entertain and cook. I'm constantly creating and searching for new and improved recipes to try out on our friends or on my blog. We spend a lot of time traveling and camping in the summer. Being self employed writers allows us to spend all sorts of time together and we really enjoy having the girls home all summer. We try to spend as much time as possible in the beautiful Michigan woods.
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