French Bread

Put “French” in front of anything involving carbs and it is sure to be excellent. French toast is phenomenal and the thought of French fries has my mouth-watering. French bread is wonderful and goes great with many meals.

This recipe has only six ingredients (including water) that I always have on hand, so I can make it without any planning. Bonus!

Using your bread machine to prepare the dough makes this recipe rather simple. I take a shortcut and don’t bother with a rolling-pin when I prepare this bread. Check out my notes section to see my lazy method.Also available:

One slice is 48 calories.

Check out nutritional information at the bottom of this page.

Total Time: 1 hour 45 minutes
Prep Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Cook time: 25 minutes
Yields: 2 loaves



  • 1 1/4 cups water (70° to 80° Farhenheit)
  • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 3 1/2 cups bread flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1-2 tablespoons cornmeal


  1. Put wet ingredients in bread machine. Add salt and flour to bread machine.
  2. Make a small indentation in center of flour (keep it dry). Place yeast in the indentation.
  3. Set bread machine to dough setting and start it.
  4. Check bread machine after five minutes. The dough should have formed into a ball. If dough seems too wet or dry, add up to a tablespoon of flour or water, as necessary.
  5. Before the machine completes its cycle, prepare a baking sheet by spraying with non-stick spray and sprinkling it with cornmeal.
  6. When machine completes, remove dough and divide into two. Place one of the halves on a floured surface and roll into a rectangle about 10 inches by 8 inches. Roll, starting with the long end, jelly roll style. To seal, lightly pinch the seams. Place on prepared baking sheet, seam side down. Repeat with other half. (No rolling-pin or feeling lazy? See notes section below.)
  7. Cover loaves with damp paper towel and leave in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  8. Cut 3 or 4 shallow, diagonal slits on the top of each loaf with a bread knife.
  9. Bake at 375° Farhenheit until golden, about 20-25 minutes.


  • Vegetarian and vegan
  • The first couple times I made this, I rolled it out. After I found myself making this frequently, I got a little lazy. Instead of rolling it out on a floured surface, I take each half and hold it up into the air. I let gravity do some of the work while I pull it into approximately the desired shape and size. I then proceed with the remaining steps.


Nutritional Information

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Nutrition Facts
Servings per batch 36
Amount Per Serving
Calories 48 Calories from Fat 0 (0%)
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0g 0%
Saturated Fat 0g 0%
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 0g 0%
Sodium 66mg 3%
Potassium 3mg 0%
Total Carbohydrate 9g 3%
Dietary Fiber 0g 0%
Sugars 0g
Protein 2g
Vitamin A 0%
Vitamin C 0%
Calcium 0%
Iron 3%
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


French Bread was last modified: February 1st, 2015 by Audrey

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