My Name Is Snickerdoodle: French Bread


French Bread

I have a really hard time resisting any bread.  Let me clarify...any right-out-of-the-oven, warm bread that I can slather in butter!  AND the smell of baking bread just brings happiness to my home.  I wonder what it is that makes it so comforting.  Whatever it is, I sure do enjoy baking it!

My go to recipe is always this French Bread.  Quicker and easier than rolls, perfect to bake and bring to a neighbor and makes the best base for French Bread Pizza (not to mention amazing French Toast!)

French Bread
Printable Version
Makes 2 loaves

2 1/4 cups warm water
2 TBSP granulated sugar
1 TBSP yeast
1 TBSP salt
2 TBSP vegetable oil
5-5 1/2 cups all purpose flour
1 egg
1 tsp water

In a large mixing bowl, mix together yeast, sugar and water.  Cover with a towel and let it proof for 6 minutes.   Add in salt and oil.  Using your dough hook on your mixer or just your hands, stir in 5 cups of flour and knead for 8 minutes.  Add in more flour if needed.  Your dough should be smooth and just barely sticky.  Let the dough rest for 15 minutes, then knead for 1 minute.  Repeat 3 times (a total of an hour) and cover with a towel in between.  Lightly spray a baking sheet.  Turn out onto a lightly floured surface and divide dough in half.  Roll each half into a 9x13 rectangle and roll up lengthwise.  Pinch the seam together and place onto the baking sheet.  Repeat with the second dough.  With a sharp knife, make 3 slits on the top of the dough.  Cover with a towel and place in a warm spot.  Let it rise for 30 minutes or until double in size.  Preheat oven to 375.  In a small bowl whisk together egg and water to make an egg wash.  Brush on top of the dough.  Bake for 30 minutes.  Serve warm. 

Adapted from The Sister's Cafe


  1. This is a very good recipe.

  2. This is a very good recipe.