Easy French Bread


Baking with yeast is a double-edged phenomenon. On the one hand, fresh baked, homemade bread is nothing short of amazing.

On the other hand, it takes forever! Kneading, rising, punching, shaping, rising again, preheating and final baking. By the time its ready, you’re too exhausted to enjoy the darn thing.

However, this particular bread is oober quick. And easy. And tastes amazing. It’ll make you turn your nose up at all the supermarket loaves. Go ahead. Snub.

Honey and Butter Bread

Easy French Bread
adapted from James Beard

1 1/2 TB active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
1 TB sugar
1 TB salt
5 cups bread flour
1 TB egg white+ 1 TB water, mixed together in a small bowl.

In the bowl of an electric mixer, pour the warm water. Add the yeast, sugar, and salt and mix with the dough hook attachment until dissolved. Add the flour and mix on low for 2 minutes and on med-high for 10 minutes. The dough should be pulling away from the sides of the bowl. Cover the mixer bowl with plastic wrap and let it rise 1 1/2 hours.

Dump out the dough onto a lightly floured surface and divide into two equal parts. Shape each into long baguette shapes and slash the tops with a serrated knife. Brush with egg white mixture and place into a cold oven. Turn the oven to 400F. Bake for 25-30 minutes, until the golden brown.


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  • Reply
    Georgia @ The Comfort of Cooking
    June 25, 2010 at 5:34 pm

    These are lovely photos, and the bread looks perfect! I’ll be saving this recipe to try in the near future. I always love a loaf of French bread with a big Italian dinner… maybe I should be using Italian bread, but hey, it’s what I like! Anyway, great recipe… keep em comin’!

    • Reply
      June 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm

      Hi Georgia, I’m so glad you like them! It seems you love to make bread just like me. Totally adorable blog you have! I’m totally eying that pretzel recipe. soon, soon. 🙂

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    June 15, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Hi! This looks great! My dream is to one day own a little sandwich shop featuring only the finest, simplest ingredients… one of which, naturally, will be good french bread. I would love to take a nice piece of this bread for my chicken, pink lady apple, and baby romaine sandwich this afternoon… yum!

    Beautiful work! Keep it coming, from one Southern California cook to another!

    — Lauren, Lauren’s Little Kitchen

    • Reply
      June 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

      Hi Lauren,
      That’s an adorable dream, and it sounds delish! I agree, the best bread makes the best sammies! 🙂

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