French Bread

Sometimes, it is always good to visit the classic recipes.  French bread is one of my favorites. Plus this recipe is low in fat! :)  This is a family recipe that comes from my grandma’s cookbook and is one my whole family enjoys! It makes a great side dish all toasted up or, my personal favorite, a dip bread for a balsamic vinegar/olive oil/Parmesan cheese mixture.  Really you can’t go wrong with a classic recipe!  I hope you enjoy my family’s recipe as much as we do!

This French Bread is SUPER easy and delicious! AND its low-fat! My family loves this recipe!

4.7 from 7 reviews
French Bread
Recipe type: Bread
Serves: 2 Loaves
  • 7 cups flour, divided
  • 3 cups warm water
  • ⅓ cup sugar
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1½ packages yeast
  1. Mix 3 and ½ cups flour with all ingredients. Let sit one hour.
  2. Add remaining 3 and ½ cups flour (one at a time) and knead till dough forms a ball (dough sticky).
  3. Cover with a damp cloth for 30 minutes.
  4. Divide and shape into 2-3 oblong loaves (long and narrow). Place on greased cookie sheet. Slit top with scissors ½ down diagonally.
  5. Paint top with slightly beaten egg whites. Let sit for 8-10 minutes.
  6. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 30 minutes.



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  1. Leigh Ann

    I'm not seeing the recipe...

    1. Chef in Training

      It was supposed to post but the wordpress recipe plugin has been giving me issues. Sorry about that. It should be up now :)

  2. Ashton

    Hey Nikki-- I feel like I'm missing something. This is the second recipe you've posted that I can't find the actual recipe for-- which tells me it's ME and not you. Where's the recipe? I'm not seeing it...

    1. Chef in Training

      No, its me. It was supposed to post but the wordpress recipe plugin has been giving me issues. Sorry about that. It should be up now :)

    1. Chef in Training

      yes sorry. It was supposed to post but the wordpress recipe plugin has been giving me issues. Sorry about that. It should be up now :)

  3. WeLoveChicken

    I love French bread. And fresh, home's simply yummy. It's perfect to eat, warm, right away from the oven with the butter melting on it. OMG!!!

  4. Crystal

    This looks wonderful! I am making this today!

  5. Rachel

    I have a batch in the mixer right now. Looks yummy!

  6. Katie

    I just made this bread with your recipe.. This is the best recipe I've made so far! It tastes SO AMAZING! Thank you for sharing!!!

  7. -h (@taste-buds)

    I just started making my own bread (albeit the lazy kneedless version), but this looks like its worth the effort of kneeding.


  8. Lisa

    Made this today. Super easy! Smelled amazing baking! Tasted even more amazing!! Really could divide into more than two loaves. Thanks for sharing, Nikki!!

  9. Brooke Brown

    Thank you so much! Been looking for an easy-peasy recipe for French Bread!

  10. Cindy A

    Hi Nikki
    Thanks for posting this. Are you using all purpose flour or bread flour and what kind of yeast - quick or regular thanks so much

    1. Chef in Training

      I use all purpose flour and dry active yeast. Let me know if you have any more questions. I'm happy to help in any way I can :)

  11. tijuana (po' man meals)

    french bread is so good! i am not great at making breads, especially like my mom was. she always had fresh bread coming out of the oven. we would slather it with butter and have at it! thanks for the recipe. i would love to try my hand at making it again. pray for me! :)

  12. Deb

    I have to tell you..I've tried lots of bread recipes and this is by FAR the best one I've ever tried. The recipe is simple and quick to make..yet came out so airy, fluffy and soft. I will always make this whenever I can, my family gobbled it up! What a great family recipe..thanks for sharing!

  13. alana

    can i bake these beaties on a pizza stone?

  14. alana

    nikki, oh my this bread was just amazing! so easy as well. ill def be making this all the time! thanks:)

  15. Joelene

    Nikki, I love your blog (my mum sent me to it, since I'm a fairly new stay at home mum too). :)
    Just wondering - when you say a "package of yeast" how much are you referring to? I buy my yeast in a jar. Can't wait to try this recipe!

    1. Heather R.

      A package of yeast is 2.25 teaspoons

  16. Heather R.

    I made this today and it was delicious!! So easy to make, too. The only issue I had is I'd like the loaf to be narrower and a little taller. Mine ended up about 2" tall and 8" wide and 14" or so long. Maybe I'm wishing for something that this dough can't do, but I'd welcome any suggestions.

    1. Deb

      Heather, are you proofing your yeast beforehand? Proofing makes a big difference...when I make this recipe, I let the warm water sit with the sugar/yeast/salt mixture for around 15 minutes, until it gets really foamy and high in the bowl.

      Another thing I might suggest is using a bit more yeast and extending your rising time. Although if you roll it out really long, it won't be as high. I did the braid the picture and it came out around 12" long, 4 or 5" high and around 6" high. Let it rise a good hour and half, in a slightly warm oven. All my best of luck!

  17. zellie

    ok i'm trying it now... i'm on step one. :)

  18. viv

    I see the recipe. And I can't wait to I try it. ;)

  19. Clay

    Thanks for the recipe. The bread came out great. Do you think I can freeze a loaf if I need to?

  20. simone

    Can this be done by hand ?

  21. Mary Palmer

    I like that this recipe doesn't require a bread machine. Exactly what type of flour do I use?

  22. Michelle B

    What kind of flour did you use? Is AP ok for this recipe?

  23. Jen


    Made this bread today for my kids at youth group and they DEVOURED it! Sadly, my husband and I only had a tiny taste - we're both gluten intolerant (eggs too, so glad they're not in there!). Do you have any reason to know whether this recipe would work with an all purpose gf flour?

  24. Michelle Spencer



    I've tried several recipes, but none have been given the thumbs up by my very picky mother, until this one.

    The dough was so sticky that I thought I had done something wrong. The finished loaves, however, were a beautiful and very delicious surprise.

    Thank you for sharing this. I'm making another batch right now.

  25. Leanne

    How much yeast is 1 1/2 packages, please? (grams, teaspoons...) Thanks :-)

    1. Beverly

      according to an earlier post, 1 packet of yeast = 2 1/4 teaspoons. Hope this helps.

  26. Dina Sarhan

    How much is package of yeast pls? In ounces or grams pls & thanks

  27. susan


    Trying this today to go with the pot roast cooking...can't wait to see how it turns out!

  28. walter zijl


    What is one and half package weihg..yeast...i made bread with to much...pls in Thailand is nothing really...have my oven love to try again.

  29. Brooke

    Bread flour or all purpose flour, preheated oven y/n? (I'm assuming all purpose, since you don't specify otherwise and don't add any other ingredients, and yes preheated oven, but just want to make sure.)

  30. rjo

    The French have an actual law, with specific ingredients for bread. No oils, no sugar are allowed in their bread. For the bread to develop proper air pockets and hearty crust, the rise times require nearly all day to make bread.

  31. Meg


    Have you ever Frozen the dough? At what stage would you suggest freezing? Would I thaw it first?

  32. Wendy

    Does this work without the salt?



    I made this recipe last night...did not use my mixer, mixed by hand. The dough was extremely sticky and hard to work with. How do you braid a dough this sticky? I could barely shape it...did I do something wrong? The finished loves were pretty...tasted great. Just was wondering how to handle the dough. Thanks!

  34. Mai


    INever made bread before. This recipe was very simple. Made the whole house smell wonderful. Plus, it taste delicious! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe!