Easy 3-Step French Loaf

 French Loaf via elisebakesI whipped up a loaf of this French bread a couple nights ago; it was delicious! It had a light, crispy crust and tender inside.  It was really big, so you could half it or divide it into two loaves (even three) if you wanted!  On top of that, it was so easy to make – just three steps!.  If you don’t have a breadmaker and want to prepare this traditionally, well then it becomes a bit less simple. French Loaf via elisebakes
 French Loaf via elisebakesEasy French Loaf (from food.com): French Loaf via elisebakes

  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 4 cups flour
  • 2 1/2 tbsp sugar
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 1/2 tsp fast rising yeast)
  1. Place ingredients in bread machine in the order called for by breadmaker instruction booklet (water on bottom, then dry ingredients, yeast sprinkled on top). Set for dough.
  2. Remove dough and form into loaf on floured surface without punching down.  Placed on greased cookie sheet (or cookie sheet lined with parchment paper) and allow to rise 1 hour.
  3. Bake 30-35 minutes at 350. French Loaf via elisebakes

Wondering what that yummy pasta you see up there is?  It’s homemade alfredo sauce tossed with sauteed garlic and tomatoes..delicious!

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11 thoughts on “Easy 3-Step French Loaf

    • I’ve only recently starting making a lot of homemade bread and I love how easy it is! I always thought you needed a stand mixer and dough hook, but nope! I do want a KitchenAid so bad though!

  1. Hi Elise! I LOVE crusty french bread!! I wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog, thank you for sharing! I also am nominating you for the Liebster Blog Award! I wanted to honor your creativity, and joy of cooking!!!! Swing on by to our happy little homestead blog for a visit, and to see your nomination 🙂
    Blessings~ Wendy

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