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French Loaves

My kids love to help me make this delicious bread recipe. It's quite easy, and they enjoy the fact that they can be eating fresh bread in less than two hours! —Denise Boutin, Grand Isle, Vermont
  • Total Time
    Prep: 30 min. + rising Bake: 15 min.
  • Makes
    2 loaves (12 slices each)


  • 2 tablespoons active dry yeast
  • 2 cups warm water (110° to 115°)
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 4-1/2 to 5 cups bread flour
  • 1 teaspoon cornmeal


  • In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add salt, sugar and 2 cups flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
  • Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about 1 hour.
  • Punch dough down. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into 12-in.-long loaves.
  • Place seam side down on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 450°. Sprinkle loaves with cornmeal. With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Bake 15-20 minutes or until golden brown. Cool on a wire rack.
Nutrition Facts
1 slice: 97 calories, 1g fat (0 saturated fat), 0 cholesterol, 198mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (0 sugars, 1g fiber), 3g protein.
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  • quiltpinky1
    Feb 12, 2021

    Very nice flavor but didn't rise as I would like, and yeast was proofed.. may try again..

  • susan
    Feb 8, 2021

    I have had many failings with making bread, but this turned out fabulous! I followed the directions to a t. My bread was a little flat with the second rise, but l took a scraper once it was on the greased baking sheet and reformed the bread. I live in Minnesota with below zero temps, so I followed the tip of boiling water underneath the bowl in my oven and it worked great to allow the bread to rise properly! Bread came out picture perfect and delicious!

  • Paul
    Jan 27, 2021

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  • flipperpie
    Apr 22, 2020

    My first try at making bread. This recipe is easy, tasty with great texture. Glad it only Yields two loaves which is great for my husband and me. But after baking, loaves spread out and became kinda flat. Can anyone tell me what I might of done wrong since so many had good results.

  • Esther
    Apr 14, 2020

    I let the yeast rise for too long but it came out wonderfully. Thank you Denise! I've never tasted a French loaf, so this was great.

  • sakopr
    Feb 4, 2020

    i made these into long grinder rolls .they were so good i baked them on parchment paper and didnt add the corn meal very easy to make i will be making them often

  • danielleylee
    Jan 21, 2020

    super easy! I am not sure why anyone would buy bread after making this recipe. It is too easy. Good flavor and slightly sweet.

  • IslandWife
    May 21, 2019

    This bread is so easy to make and very delicious! It has a great texture and is very light and soft. I did brush the loaves with a little egg white before baking. Thanks for sharing!

  • Cecelia
    Nov 18, 2018

    This bread is delicious. It is so easy. It is my new favorite!

  • Markus16
    Feb 29, 2016

    Love this bread! Easy, and freezes wonderfully.