Learn how to make French Bread from scratch!

Bonjour! Welcome to our guide on creating the perfect French Bread.

French Bread is a simple yet delicious bread that can be enjoyed on its own or with your favorite toppings. It’s crispy on the outside, soft on the inside, and has a mild flavor that goes well with a variety of dishes. In this guide, we will show you step-by-step how to make French Bread from scratch, so put on your apron and let’s get started!


Before we start, let’s gather all the ingredients we need:

Ingredient Quantity
All-purpose flour 5 cups
Warm water 2 cups
Active dry yeast 2 tsp
Salt 2 tsp
Sugar 2 tsp


Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s start making the bread:

Step 1: Activate the yeast

In a small bowl, mix the warm water, yeast, and sugar together. Stir until the yeast dissolves and let it sit for 5-10 minutes until it becomes frothy.

Step 2: Mix the flour and salt

In a large bowl, mix the flour and salt together until well combined.

Step 3: Add the yeast mixture

Pour the yeast mixture into the bowl with the flour and salt. Mix until a rough dough forms.

Step 4: Knead the dough

Dust your work surface with flour and place the dough on it. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

Step 5: Let the dough rise

Place the dough in a greased bowl, cover it with a cloth, and let it rise in a warm, draft-free place for about 1 hour or until it doubles in size.

Step 6: Shape the dough

Punch down the dough to release the air, and shape it into a long baguette shape. Place it on a lightly greased baking sheet.

Step 7: Let the dough rise again

Cover the dough with a cloth again and let it rise for another 30 minutes.

Step 8: Preheat the oven

Preheat the oven to 425°F (220°C).

Step 9: Score the dough

Using a sharp knife, make a few shallow diagonal cuts on the surface of the dough.

Step 10: Bake the bread

Bake the bread for 25-30 minutes until it’s golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.

Step 11: Cool the bread

Let the bread cool on a wire rack for at least 30 minutes before slicing and serving.


Q: Can I use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour?

A: Yes, you can use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour. However, bread flour has a higher protein content than all-purpose flour, which can make the bread denser.

Q: Can I use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast?

A: Yes, you can use instant yeast instead of active dry yeast. However, you don’t need to activate instant yeast before adding it to the dough.

Q: How do I know when the dough has risen enough?

A: The dough should double in size after an hour of rising. You can also gently poke the dough with your finger, and if the indentation remains, then the dough is ready.

Q: Can I freeze the bread dough?

A: Yes, you can freeze the bread dough before or after the final rise. Just make sure to wrap it tightly in plastic wrap and put it in an airtight container.

Q: Do I need to preheat the oven?

A: Yes, it’s important to preheat the oven to the correct temperature before putting the bread in.

Q: Can I add herbs or cheese to the bread?

A: Yes, you can add herbs or cheese to the dough before kneading it to add extra flavor.

Q: How long will the bread stay fresh?

A: The bread will stay fresh for about 3-4 days if kept in an airtight container at room temperature. You can also freeze the bread for up to 3 months.


Congratulations, you’ve made your own French Bread from scratch! This recipe is easy to follow and doesn’t require any fancy equipment or ingredients. You can enjoy your bread on its own or use it as a base for sandwiches and other dishes. If you have any questions or comments on this recipe, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us. Happy baking! 🥖👨‍🍳

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