How to Make French Bread: A Step-by-Step Guide

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Are you tired of buying French bread from the supermarket, and want to learn how to make it yourself? Look no further! In this article, we will give you a step-by-step guide to making delicious French bread from the comfort of your own home. Follow these simple steps, and you’ll have a perfect loaf of bread to enjoy with your meals.


Bread is a staple food in many households, and French bread is one of the most popular types of bread worldwide. It is typically long and crispy on the outside, but fluffy and light on the inside. The good news is that you don’t need to be a professional baker or have any special equipment to make French bread. With a few simple ingredients and some basic knowledge of bread making, you can make your French bread straight out of your oven.

In this introduction, we will discuss the following:

What is French bread?

French bread is a type of bread that originated in France. It is made with flour, water, yeast and salt, which gives it its crispy crust and fluffy interior. French bread typically has a pale interior and a golden brown crust. It goes well with soups, salads, pasta dishes, and many other meals.

Why Make French Bread at Home?

There are many benefits to making French bread at home. Firstly, it’s cost-effective. Homemade French bread is generally cheaper than store-bought French bread. Secondly, making bread is therapeutic and satisfying. It is a great activity to do with your family, or to do on your own when you want some time to yourself. Finally, making bread is a skill that you can develop, and when you master it, you can bake bread for others or even start a side business!

Getting Started

Before you start baking, make sure you have all the necessary ingredients and equipment. Here’s what you’ll need:

Ingredients Equipment
4 cups all-purpose flour Large mixing bowl
2 teaspoons active dry yeast Bread pan
2 teaspoons salt Parchment paper
1 1/2 cups lukewarm water Sharp knife or blade cutter

FAQs About French Bread

What’s the difference between French bread and baguette?

French bread is a general term used for bread that is unique to the French style of baking. Baguette, on the other hand, is a specific type of French bread that is long, thin, and crispy. Although baguettes are the most common type of French bread, there are many other types, such as ficelle, pain de campagne, and boule.

What type of flour should I use to make French bread?

It is best to use all-purpose flour for this recipe. You can also use bread flour or a combination of all-purpose and bread flour.

Can I make French bread without a bread maker?

Absolutely! This recipe does not require a bread maker or any other special equipment aside from the essentials listed above.

What kind of yeast is best for this recipe?

Active dry yeast is the best type of yeast for this recipe.

Why is my French bread not crispy?

If your French bread is not crispy, it could be because it did not bake long enough or at a high enough temperature. Alternatively, you could try brushing your bread with some melted butter or olive oil before baking to help achieve that crispy crust.

Can I freeze my French bread?

Yes, you can freeze your French bread for later. After baking, allow the bread to cool completely, then wrap it in plastic wrap and place it in a resealable freezer bag. When you’re ready to use it, allow it to thaw at room temperature, then reheat in the oven at 350°F for 10-15 minutes.

How long does French bread last?

French bread typically lasts for up to 2 days at room temperature, but you can extend its shelf life by storing it in an airtight container or a plastic bag in the refrigerator. You can also freeze it for later use.

How do I know when my French bread is done baking?

Your French bread should have a golden brown crust and sound hollow when tapped. If the crust is not brown enough, bake it for a few more minutes.

What is the ideal temperature to bake French bread?

A temperature of 450-475°F is ideal for baking French bread.

Can I double the recipe?

Yes, you can double the recipe if you want to make more loaves of French bread.

How do I shape my French bread?

Shaping French bread can be tricky, but the dough should be divided into two equal parts and shaped into long loaves. Here’s a video tutorial that can help you:

What goes well with French bread?

French bread goes well with soups, stews, salads, pasta dishes, and many other meals. It can also be used to make sandwiches or toasted with butter and jam.

Can I add other ingredients to my French bread?

Yes, you can add other ingredients like garlic, rosemary, or olives to your French bread to give it more flavor.

How do I store my French bread?

Store your French bread in an airtight container or a plastic bag at room temperature for up to 2 days. You can also freeze it for later use.

What is the dough’s ideal temperature?

The ideal temperature for the dough is between 75-80°F. You should allow the dough to rest and rise in warm or room temperature areas.

How to Make French Bread

Step 1: Mixing the Dough

In a large mixing bowl, combine the flour, salt, and yeast. Add the lukewarm water and stir until the dough forms. Knead the dough on a floured surface for about 10 minutes until it is smooth and elastic. Place the dough back into the mixing bowl and cover it with a clean towel or plastic wrap. Let the dough rise for about an hour or until it has doubled in size.

Step 2: Shaping the Dough

Punch the dough back down and divide it into two equal parts. Shape each dough piece into a long baguette shape. Place each baguette on a piece of parchment paper-lined baking sheet, cover it with a towel, and let it rise again for about 30 minutes.

Step 3: Scoring the Dough

With a sharp knife or blade cutter, cut shallow diagonal slits in the baguettes. This helps the bread expand while it bakes and gives it that classic rustic look.

Step 4: Baking the Bread

Preheat your oven to 450°F. Place the baking sheets with the baguettes in the oven and bake for about 25-30 minutes or until the bread has a golden brown crust and sounds hollow when tapped. Remove the bread from the oven and let it cool completely before slicing and serving.

Step 5: Enjoying Your French Bread

Your French bread is now ready to serve! You can enjoy it with butter, olive oil, or your favorite spreads.


Making French bread at home can be a fun and rewarding activity. With this step-by-step guide, you can impress your family and friends with your baking skills. Remember to have all the necessary ingredients and equipment, and follow the instructions carefully. Before you know it, you’ll be enjoying your freshly baked French bread straight from your own oven. Bon appétit!

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