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Easy French Bread

sliced loaf of French bread on wooden cutting board

Making homemade bread doesn’t have to be difficult. Follow this recipe originally from the Food Network to make two loaves of French bread at home.

Today could be the day you have homemade French Bread along with your dinner. And I don’t mean the kind of bread you buy at the store and warm up in your own at home. That doesn’t count this time. This French bread recipe from the Food Network will have your home smelling of a bakery and the bread looks like it was bakery-bought too!

The crust is golden brown while the inside of the bread is soft. The dough looks just as pretty while it rises as when the loaf is baked. There aren’t too many steps and you can make this bread (including the rising times) from start to finish in a few hours. I cut the recipe in half and made a single loaf for the sole reason that I would have eaten two loaves if two were sitting in front of me!

I am happy to share this recipe today and hope that you’ll find success baking this bread at home. The recipe is originally from the Food Network.  

Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

Yield: 2 loaves

Easy French Bread

sliced loaf of French bread

Easy French bread recipe to make at home. Recipe from the Food Network.


  • 2 envelopes active dry yeast (1/4 ounce each)
  • 1 Tablespoon plus 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 cups warm water (about 100 degrees F)
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 5 cups flour (I used a combination of bread flour and all-purpose flour)
  • 4 Tablespoons yellow cornmeal
  • 1 egg yolk mixed with 1 Tablespoon water


  1. Please click through to the original recipe on the Food Network site.

Nutrition Information:

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 0Total Fat: 0g

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French Bread Dough before baking

Hari Chandana

Tuesday 26th of March 2013

OMG.. Looks absolutely perfect and awesome.. Beautiful clicks too.. Love your blog :)

Lea Ann

Sunday 24th of March 2013

Holly, you are inspiring me to make bread again. This looks gorgeous and there's nothing more intoxicating than the smell of bread baking. I've had so many bread disasters, this looks like it might be doable for me.

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Friday 22nd of March 2013

LOVELY bread Holly! Wow...your unbaked baguette is so perfectly formed! French bread is on my bucket list for sure this year! Glad you shared the recipe with us! : )

Holly @

Saturday 23rd of March 2013

Thanks, Anne, sometimes I like how the unbaked dough looks even better than the final result. It makes bread-making into an art form!


Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Pinned! Yeast and I DO NOT have a good relationship...but this looks SO worth the try! Beautiful picture :)

Holly @

Saturday 23rd of March 2013

Hi Sarah, let me know if you give this a try-- I found it an easier dough to work with than some I've tried. Happy Baking! Holly

Barb | Creative Culinary

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Next time make 2 loaves. You know where I live (or do at least for 2 more weeks!). Looks gorgeous!

Holly @

Wednesday 20th of March 2013

Hi Barb, It's kind of you to find the time to click through to read my posts and leave comments too when you have so much going on at your house. I'm thinking of you and will have to stop by before you move. Can't believe it is happening so quickly! Holly

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