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1 Hour Homemade French Bread

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A 1-hour Homemade French Bread recipe that’s is easy to make, soft and flavorful, and ready in an hour. Fresh home-baked bread warm from your oven that is soft, crusty and perfect either simply spread with butter or served alongside a steaming bowl of soup.

Loaf of crusty bread sitting on a parchment lined baking sheet.

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Why I Love This Recipe

Can you imagine a fresh loaf of Homemade French Bread you can bake in an hour?

It’s possible… and delicious! Just imagine… you’re one hour to warm homemade bread straight from the oven to your table.

With simple ingredients, a few minutes prep, a 20-minute or so rise, and the remaining minutes in the oven. It’s delicious… and the aroma of baking bread spreads through your whole house.

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any flavor variations you’d recommend for this bread recipe?

This French bread recipe easily converts to Italian bread with the addition of herbs. Instead of brushing the loaf with water before baking, brush with olive oil and sprinkle with Italian seasoning. Bake as directed below.

How do you serve this bread?

It is a great addition to any meal, but I’m also partial to a slice spread with my small batch strawberry jam!

How long will this bread stay fresh?

Homemade bread made without added fats such as butter or sour cream are best eaten fresh out of the oven and usually will be past their best after a day. But, how you store your bread will impact how fresh it stays.

Loaf of crusty bread scattered with dried herbs being sliced.

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1 Hour Homemade French Bread

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Inactive Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour

Can you imagine a fresh loaf of Homemade French Bread you can bake in an hour? This one... you can. An hour to warm homemade bread straight from the oven to your table.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 2 packets instant or rapid rise yeast (1 tablespoon)
  • 3 ½ - 4 cups all-purpose flour

Instructions

  1. Combine 2 cups of flour, water, honey, salt, and yeast. I like to use a stand mixer with the dough hook, but this dough can easily be combined in a large bowl. Add additional flour to the mixture until the dough becomes firm and no longer sticky.
  2. Knead dough in the bowl of a stand mixer or floured surface about 5 minutes. Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 20 minutes. Punch down the dough, removing all air bubbles.
  3. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 400°F.
  4. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and transfer the risen dough to the sheetpan. Shape into a loaf form. With very sharp knife, make 2 or 3 diagonal slashes across the top of the French Bread. Brush the loaf with cold water and bake 20 to 30 minutes.

Notes

To make an Italian version of this French bread -- before baking, brush the top of the loaf with 1 tablespoon of olive oil and sprinkle with an Italian seasoning.

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