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5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread by The BakerMama

5-Ingredient Homemade French Bread

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  • Author: The BakerMama
  • Prep Time: 2 hours
  • Cook Time: 30-35 minutes
  • Total Time: 0 hours
  • Yield: 2 loaves


Perfectly crusty on the outside, light and fluffy on the inside, this Homemade French Bread is just waiting for a smear of butter. And with only five ingredients, it’s surprisingly simple to make and so delicious to eat!


  • 2 (.25 ounce) packages active dry yeast
  • 1 tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 2 cups warm water
  • 1 tablespoon salt
  • 5‐6 cups all-purpose flour


  1. Combine the yeast with sugar and warm water in a large bowl and allow to proof. Mix the salt with the flour and add to the yeast mixture, one cup at a time, until you have a stiff dough.
  2. Remove to a lightly floured board and knead until no longer sticky, about 10 minutes, adding flour as necessary. Place in a buttered bowl and turn to coat the surface with butter.
  3. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in bulk ‐ about 1 ½ to 2 hours. Heat the oven to 400°F. Punch down dough.
  4. Turn out on a floured board and shape into 2 French-style loaves. Place on baking sheet.
  5. Bake for 30‐35 minutes, or until well‐browned and hollow sounding when they are tapped.