Amazing & Easy Homemade French Bread

Amazing & Easy Homemade French Bread

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Have you ever made your own homemade bread? If you haven’t, what are you waiting for? It’s so much better than the store-bought stuff and there are so many recipes to fit any occasion!

It’s a rainy fall day, and I am making my homemade potato soup today! Find the recipe here. When you are in the mood for a hearty soup, make this French bread to go along with it! You won’t regret it!

All soups are better with a little bread to dip! So I decided to make a homemade French bread and thought I would share the recipe with you!

You will need a bread machine for this recipe. Trust me, I have a very small kitchen and I know how valuable space is. To me, a bread machine is worth the space that it takes up! Bread machines make homemade bread so much easier! No need to mix and knead! You put the ingredients in, and it does all of the work for you and you get all the credit! This is the one that I have and love! I have made so many delicious breads with it! Making your own bread is a great way to save money! These ingredients cost around $.50!

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Homemade French Bread

Course Side Dish
Cuisine French
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 35 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 40 minutes
Servings 8 people

Ingredients

  • 1 3/8 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 4 cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

Instructions

  1. Measure and add water and olive oil into the bread pan.

  2. Measure and add dry ingredients (except yeast) to the bread pan.

  3. Create a small well with your finger in the flour where you will pour the yeast. Yeast must NEVER come into contact with a liquid when adding the ingredients. 

  4. Measure the yeast and carefully pour it into the well. 

  5. Snap the baking pan into the bread maker and close the lid. 

  6. Set the bread machine on the French setting.

  7. Choose the 2 lb loaf size.

  8. Choose the crust color: light, medium, or dark. I always choose dark. 

  9. Press start and enjoy the smell while it cooks!

  10. Dip into your favorite soup or smear with your favorite butter or jam and enjoy! 

Recipe Notes

A "well" is just a small hole you make in the dry ingredients to prevent your yeast from touching the wet ingredients. This will ensure your bread will rise properly.

I hope you enjoy my homemade French bread! Try it and let me know what you think! What are your favorite breads to make? Leave a comment below!

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