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Classic French Bread

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Emily Hlavac Green

French bread is an easy homemade bread that's perfect for any use. It's great to rip apart and eat as is, sliced open for sandwiches like a banh mi, or toasted for garlic bread. It's an all purpose bread that gets better every time we make it. 

Don't have a stand mixer? That's okay! You can knead this dough by hand just note that the dough is a little sticky. Flour your surface generously and wet your hands slightly to keep the dough from sticking to you. Try not to add too much flour during the kneading process and use a bench scraper to help you lift and fold the dough. 

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Yields: 1
Prep Time: 0 hours 5 mins
Total Time: 2 hours 45 mins
1 c.

lukewarm water

2 tsp.

granulated sugar 


(0.25-oz.) packet active dry yeast

3 1/4 c.

all-purpose flour

1 1/2 tsp.

kosher salt

Egg white, for brushing

  1. In a glass measuring cup or small bowl, combine lukewarm water and sugar. Sprinkle yeast on top and let sit until foamy, 5 to 8 minutes. 
  2. In the bowl of a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook, combine flour and salt. Pour in yeast mixture and mix on medium speed until a soft dough forms, 10 minutes. Dough will still be sticky. Transfer dough into a greased bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise until doubled, 1 hour. 
  3. Punch down dough and turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Knead dough a few times, then roll dough out into a 16"-x- 9” rectangle. Starting on a long end, roll dough into a log. Tuck ends under to seal them. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet and cover with a kitchen towel. Let rise another 45 minutes. 
  4. Preheat oven to 425°. Beat egg white until foamy and brush over top of loaf. Using a serrated knife, make a diagonal slice every 2 inches or so along the loaf of bread. Bake bread until bread is golden and sounds hollow when you tap on it, about 25 minutes. 

Emily Hlavac Green
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