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How to Bake French Bread! With an easy recipe and a couple of tries, you will be well on your way to becoming a baker!  

FRENCH BREAD RECIPE for BEGINNERS:

Baking Bread is an art. This staple food is an important source of nutrition. The healthier the ingredients, the healthier the bread.

Cooking and baking from scratch is very satisfying. Learning how to use healthy ingredients increases the nutritional value of your foods especially when learning how to bake bread.

This French Bread recipe can be shaped into long baguette style loaves or round loaves. It works well either way! How to Make French Bread for Beginners the easy way!!

Basic Bread Recipe: How to Bake French Bread

To Begin, add the following to a large mixing bowl and let sit for 10 minutes.

Once the yeast has dissolved and started to foam, add:

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Stir to combine flour and mix for about 4 minutes, This mixing helps to reduce the first rising time.

Now add: 1+ more cups of Unbleached Flour just so the dough can be easily kneaded and is not sticky. The dough will start to hold together. Mix as much as you can by hand and then turn dough onto a floured surface so you can knead it.

Knead the bread dough for 10 minutes or until you can lightly touch the surface and it springs back.

French Bread Dough Ready to Rise

French Bread Dough Ready to Rise

Once the dough is springy to the touch, place the ball into an oiled bowl to rise. Set this bowl in a warm spot in your kitchen or in the oven with the oven light turned on. It just needs a warm spot out of a draft. Let rise for approximately one hour or until it doubles in volume.

Forming Loaves:

Turn the risen dough back on to your floured surface. Knead for one minute. Divide your dough in half.

Shape each half into French Bread style long loaves. Place each loaf on a lightly oiled baking or cookie sheet. I usually place the two loaves on one large cookie sheet.

Next, take a sharp serrated knife and gently cut diagonal slits in the top of each loaf.  I usually cut 3 to 4 slits in each loaf.

Now, let bread rest and rise in a warm location for 30 minutes. They should about double in size.

Baking Your Bread:

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees. Place the risen loaves in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes. Double check on the bread at 30 minutes to make sure the bottom of the loaves are not getting too brown. Rotate loaves if necessary.

Basic French Bread Loaves

Printable Recipe:

Yield: 16 Slices of Bread

Basic French Bread Recipe

Basic French Bread Loaves ready to eat

This is a perfect basic French Bread Recipe. Easy to Make and Easy to Bake!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon Dry Yeast
  • 2 Cups Warm Water
  • 1 teaspoon Diastatic Malt
  • 5 Cups of Unbleached Flour 
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon Avocado Oil or Olive Oil
  • Plus add one more teaspoon Diastatic Malt

Instructions

    Making the Dough:

    1. Once the yeast has dissolved and started to foam add: 4 cups of flour and mix for about 4 minutes, This mixing helps to reduce the first rising time.
    2. Now add: 1+ more cups of flour so the dough can be easily kneaded and is not sticky. 
    3. Add the additional 1 teaspoon of Diastatic Malt. The dough will start to hold together. Mix as much as you can by hand and then turn dough onto a floured surface so you can knead it.
    4. Knead the bread dough for 10 minutes or until you can lightly touch the surface and it springs back.
    5. Once the dough is springy to the touch, place the ball into an oiled bowl to rise. Set this bowl in a warm spot in your kitchen or in the oven with the oven light turned on. It just needs a warm spot out of a draft.
    6. Let rise for approximately one hour or until it doubles in volume.

    Forming Loaves:

    1. This recipe makes one large loaf or two smaller loaves.
    2. Turn the risen dough back onto your floured surface. Knead for one minute. Shape your one large loaf or divide your dough in half to make two smaller loaves.
    3. Shape each half into French Bread style long loaves. Place the loaves on a lightly oiled baking or cookie sheet. I usually place the two loaves on one large cookie sheet.
    4. Next, take a sharp serrated knife and gently cut diagonal slits in the top of each loaf.  I usually cut 3 to 4 slits in each loaf.
    5. Now, let bread rest and rise in a warm location for 30 minutes. They should about double in size.

    Baking Your Bread:

    1. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
    2. Place the risen loaves in the oven and bake for 35 to 40 minutes.
    3. Double check on the bread at 30 minutes to make sure the bottom of the loaves are not getting too brown. Rotate loaves if necessary.
    4. Once your bread has finished baking, remove loaves from oven and set on cutting board or wire racks to cool. Now, slice and spread with your Creamy Healthy Butter Spread!

    Notes

    Extra Instructions if your Bread Dough is Soft

    1. After  the first rising, if your bread dough is still soft and a bit sticky to the touch, knead in 1/2 to 1 full cup of unbleached flour. Knead until the flour is completely worked in. Return to oiled bowl and let rise for 30 more minutes.

    Nutrition Information

    Yield

    16

    Serving Size

    1

    Amount Per Serving Calories 162Total Fat 2gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 2gCholesterol 0mgSodium 135mgCarbohydrates 31gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 4g

    Nutrition information isn’t always accurate due to variations of ingredients used in recipe.

    Once  your bread has finished baking, remove loaves from oven and set on cutting board or wire racks to cool. Now, slice and spread with your Creamy Healthy Butter Spread!

    Creamy Butter is spreadable right out of the refrigerator.
    Creamy Butter

    Remember: you can shape your loaves in long baguette style, French Bread style loaves or round loaves. This is the basic recipe for all of these.

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