Homemade French Bread

READY IN: 3hrs 20mins
YIELD: 2 loaves


  • 1
    teaspoons yeast or (1/4 ounce) package yeast
  • 1
    tablespoon sugar
  • 1
    teaspoon salt
  • 3
    cups flour (approximately)


  • 1.In mixing bowl, combine warm water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes.
  • 2.Add salt and 1 cup of flour. Mix together vigorously with a whisk until smooth.
  • 3.Using a spoon stir in enough of the remaining flour to form a dough that is a little sticky, but stiff enough to work with.
  • 4.Knead for 5 minutes, adding flour as necessary. Dough should be smooth and elastic.
  • 5.Grease bowl, and return dough to bowl. Cover with towel. Allow to rise for approximately 1 hour, or until doubled in size. Let your dough rise in a warm place (70-75 degrees) and free from drafts.
  • 6.Punch down dough and divide into 2 equal portions. Form each half into a long baguette shape the length of your pan. I used a jelly roll sheet. I also twisted my loaves. (You could form into another shape if you’d like, but you may have to adjust baking time.).
  • 7.Cover with towel and let rise for approximately 30 minutes.
  • 8.Bake at 350 degrees for 20 minutes.