French Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 30mins
SERVES: 20-24
YIELD: 2 loaves


  • 1
    tablespoon yeast
  • 1 12
    cups warm water, divided
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 2
    teaspoons salt
  • 1
    tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4
    cups flour


  • In a mixing bowl, dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup water.
  • Add sugar, salt, oil and remaining water; stir until dissolved.
  • Add flour and stir until smooth. You may need a little extra flour to make a soft but non-sticky dough. Place in a greased bowl.
  • Cover and let rise in a warm place for 1 hour or until doubled. Turn to lightly floured surface.
  • Divide dough in half. Let rest for 10 minutes.
  • Roll each half into a 15 inch chain. (like you would roll playdough for making a snake.).
  • Place both rolls on one greased cookie sheet.
  • Cover and let rise until doubled, about 45 minutes - 1 hour.
  • With very sharp knife, make 3 diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. Cool on wire racks.