French Bread Recipe

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"My husband game me a bread machine for Christmas the year we were married, and I use it about once a week," notes Janet Vink from Geneseo, Illinois. "We like slices of this bread with a spaghetti dinner and often use the leftovers for French toast."
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES:32 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + rising Bake: 20 min.
MAKES: 32 servings


  • 1-1/4 cups water (70° to 80°)
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3-1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon cornmeal
  • GLAZE:
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds, toasted, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 slice: 50 calories, trace fat (trace saturated fat), 7mg cholesterol, 77mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (trace sugars, trace fiber), 2g protein


  1. In bread machine pan, place the first five ingredients in the order suggested by the manufacturer. Select dough setting (check dough after 5 minutes of mixing; add 1 to 2 tablespoons of water or flour if needed).
  2. When cycle is completed, turn dough onto a lightly floured surface. Divide in half. Roll each portion into a 10-in. x 8-in. rectangle. Roll up jelly-roll style, starting with a long side; pinch seams to seal.
  3. Sprinkle a greased baking sheet with cornmeal; place loaves seam side down on prepared pan. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 20 minutes.
  4. Whisk egg and water; brush over loaves. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired. Bake at 375° for 20-25 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks. Yield: 2 loaves (16 slices each).
Originally published as French Bread in Quick Cooking January/February 2004, p65

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Reviewed Jan. 20, 2015

"I was thrilled with this recipe!! Easy to make, and it turned out great!!"

Reviewed Dec. 25, 2014

"Picture perfect! Absolutely delicious recipe. Wouldn't change a thing. I used to have this bookmarked from Allrecipes, but apparently it's a Taste of Home recipe! I should've known! :)"

Reviewed Jul. 1, 2014

"So good! So easy! I followed the recipe exactly and it was wonderful! I will make it again and again."

Reviewed Feb. 5, 2014

"This is my go-to bread recipe. Sometimes I divide the dough into 12 parts and make sandwich rolls. Turns out perfect, every time!"

Reviewed Oct. 21, 2013 Edited Oct. 25, 2013

"Made a couple of mistakes, all mine. But it still turned out great. Next time I will not watch 3 different videos of how to make bread. Just do as the directions say. Will make again and again. Thank you

This is the second time and they turned out great. The only change I made was no egg wash, forgot we had used the last. But everything turned out great."

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