How To Make French Bread

by Kate on February 26, 2013

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Since I began regularly making bread for my family, I’ve come to realize there’s nothing better than a freshly baked loaf of bread alongside our dinner or rolls for our lunch. I love the experience of making it. I love seeing my family enjoy the fruits of my labor. You know what else? I’ve done a little math and I’m seriously saving money making my own bread from scratch! For bakery bread, I was paying between $2.00 and $4+ per loaf. I buy a 5 lb bag of King Arthur Flour for about $5.00 and from that bag I can usually make 6-7 loaves of bread. Even with the other ingredients incorporated into the bread, clearly money is being saved.

Aside from the wonderful flavor from freshly baked bread, what better reason to bake your own bread then to save a couple bucks? I don’t know about you, but my family goes through A LOT of bread so we’re definitely saving more than just a couple bucks in our household. Still not convinced? What other baking project allows you to do very little work to accomplish it? Once you put all the ingredients together, from there it’s really all just a waiting game. Waiting for that lovely dough to rise. Then shape it and wait a little longer. That’s it. Into the oven the puffy little loaf goes.

I also love the variations I’ve been making using herbs, seeds or fillings but sometimes we just want something simple, something classic. French bread is one of those breads. It goes well with anything. It’s a crusty blank canvas perfect with nothing more than a swipe of butter or it can be toasted up with a little melty cheese or some fresh bruschetta. French bread is uncomplicated, not fussy and easy to make. Head on over to Food Fanatic to read more about this French Bread Recipe.

Enjoy!

~K

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Holly February 26, 2013 at 11:43 am

I read through the recipe on the other site and am pinning this to try at home. Looks great!

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

Hope you enjoy it Holly!

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Paula @ Vintage Kitchen February 26, 2013 at 12:35 pm

Few things can match freshly baked bread, both in aroma and in accomplishment!

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:19 pm

I couldn’t agree more, Paula!

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Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet February 26, 2013 at 2:38 pm

I am a huge fan of homemade bread and don’t buy the bakery ones anymore. This French bread sounds amazing! Off to check out the recipe!

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Thanks Anna! Now that I know homemade bread isn’t as difficult or complicated as I once thought, I can’t see myself buying bakery bread anymore. I love the experience of bread baking as much as bread eating now 🙂

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Kim Bee February 26, 2013 at 5:17 pm

Dude I’ll be right over. Soften the butter starting 3, 2, 1…. go!

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:20 pm

Ha! Hope you like it, Kim Bee!

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Carrie @ poet in the pantry February 26, 2013 at 6:53 pm

Remember our sourdough flops? You’ve come so far with baking bread–love it! I need to get back in the habit of making it. Beautiful loaf!

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:21 pm

Aww, thanks Carrie! I do remember it. All too well. Honestly, looking back on that makes me so proud of the bread I’m able to make now.

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Lyn @LovelyPantry February 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

I’ve recently started on my bread making journey. I’m loving every moment of it. I’m headed over to see the recipe for this lovely french bread of yours.

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Kate February 26, 2013 at 10:22 pm

That’s fantastic Lyn!! I hope you’ll love it as much as I do and I hope you enjoy this recipe.

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Jennie @themessybakerblog February 27, 2013 at 11:05 am

Saving money is always a good thing. Your loaf looks perfect!

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Kate March 1, 2013 at 4:06 pm

Thank you Jennie!

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Kate@Diethood March 1, 2013 at 9:31 pm

I need to make this. I have to make!! I love me some french bread! 🙂

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Kate March 2, 2013 at 3:28 pm

Get on it Kate! 😉 Hope you like it if you do. Let me know how it goes.

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Sarah March 11, 2013 at 6:27 pm

The recipe that you link to doesn’t say how much water you need. Can you shed some light please?

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Kate March 12, 2013 at 10:41 am

Certainly Sarah! Thanks for alerting me to the error. I’ll let Food Fanatic know. THe water measurement is 1 1/2 cups very warm water (105-115 degrees). Hope you enjoy it!

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