Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Easy French Bread

This recipe came from a cousin of mine. Last year I made it for some friends and it has since become one my most requested recipes for parties or get-togethers. I love to make it and wrap it in celophane with a ribbon and give it away to the ladies I visit teach because you can easily get 2 big or 3 smaller loaves from one batch of dough. It's also great to accompany any soup dish or with butter, jam, or honey for breakfast.

Easy French Bread


  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/3 cup sugar
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 2 tbsp. yeast
  • 3 cups hot water
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil


  • Mix flour, sugar, and salt in a medium bowl (I use a Kitchenaid so I just dump all the ingredients in my mixer and let it do all the work).
  • Add water and oil.
  • Add 2 tablespoons yeast.
  • Let dough rise uncovered for 15 minutes.
  • Add 7 cups flour and let mixer run on low for 6 minutes.
  • Form the dough into 2 big or 3 small loaves on greased cookie sheets. (Dough will be sticky so put some flour on your hands and form the loaves into oval shapes).
  • Cover with a towel and let rise until double in size, about 2 hours.
  • Make 3 diagonal slits with a knife into center of each loaf to avoid air bubbling on top of the loaf. (and it also looks pretty).
  • Bake at 350 degrees for 20-22 minutes.
  • Let it cool on racks, slice, and serve.


  1. Looks amazing!!! Bread and I have a love hate relationship. I love it, but my booty....not so much.

  2. I tried this recipe last night! It was so good! Thanks for sharing! Mine didn't turn out as pretty as yours but it still tasted good! :)