This is a French bread that has a light, crispy crunch, and a sweet flavor! I like to drizzle honey over the bread while it is baking. Mmmmm. Yummy!

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
12
Yield:
1 - 1 1/2 pound loaf
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Add to your bread machine per manufacturer instructions. While bread is baking, drizzle with honey if desired.

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Nutrition Facts

101 calories; protein 2.9g 6% DV; carbohydrates 19.5g 6% DV; fat 1.2g 2% DV; cholesterolmg; sodium 130mg 5% DV. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2005
I made this bread by hand and baked with with egg white on the top for 20 minutes on 375. It was golden, lovely, and very lightly sweet. My husband flipped and ate the whole thing. I'm keeping it in my records forever. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2010
The written recipe needs adjustment since it makes a really small loaf. Double the recipe for sure and use a full packet of yeast ( 2 1/4 teas.) I doubled the honey as well and made a nice braid. 375 degrees for 25-27 min. Nice base recipe and concept. The honey adds nice subtle flavor. Read More
(16)
182 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 118
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 21
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 1
Rating: 5 stars
10/04/2005
I made this bread by hand and baked with with egg white on the top for 20 minutes on 375. It was golden, lovely, and very lightly sweet. My husband flipped and ate the whole thing. I'm keeping it in my records forever. Read More
(105)
Rating: 4 stars
01/31/2004
First time the aroma was great but it was a little denser then we liked. I added 2 tablespoons of water and changed the salt and sugar to 1/2 teaspoon. The flavor is great and this is one of our favorites. Read More
(81)
Rating: 4 stars
12/14/2007
Very tasty, and good texture on this one. However, this makes a bit small of a loaf, as it is posted. The second time I made it, I upped the servings field to 18 and had allrecipes adjust the quantities for it. This produced a 'normal' sized loaf for it, and came out perfect. Both times I only use the dough setting on my machine, then take it out and bake it at 350 deg for 35 minutes. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/12/2007
This really was good bread. I didn't read the directions correctly and added 2 tablespoons of honey instead of 2 teaspoons. I think it made the bread that much better. It was not too sweet at all. My family loves this bread and I will continue to make it - with the extra honey. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
This has become one of my favorite recipes. It's a good all purpose bread. It comes out great every time and I've probably made it at least 20 times. My husband loves it! Read More
(28)
Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
GRRRRRRRREATTT recipe Michele. Don't know what makes this French or what gives it such a nice crust & texture but it works. Have made a zillion loaves of bread (I try everything)and this one is excellent. Best regards from Jackie Boehm Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/27/2005
I used my bread machine to make this into a dough then I took it out and let it rise for an hour. I punched it down and cut it down to 8 rolls. let them rise for a few hours then baked. I didnt put honey on top but used butter instead. Came out pretty good big hit at our small easter dinner. Thanks:) Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
11/15/2006
I really liked the flavor of this loaf but the loaf was really small. I used it for croutons but the loaf would have been too small as a side for my family of 4. Overall the flavor was good though especially considering I was out of honey so I didn't really sweeten it at all. I would love to try it again doubling the recipe but for my first attempt I was disappointed that it didn't yield more. The second and 3rd times I made this I was out of honey so I substituted with molasses. Honestly I prefer it this way! It makes the loaf taste more "rustic" sweet and less "sticky" sweet. Also doubling the recipe worked a lot better -- we had enough for my family of 4. Its a really good easy base recipe but I have had to play with it to get it the way I like it. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/31/2004
I can hardly get this loaf out of my machine and my kids have it eaten! It took 2 loaves before my husband even got to taste it. A favorite in our house! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/04/2010
The written recipe needs adjustment since it makes a really small loaf. Double the recipe for sure and use a full packet of yeast ( 2 1/4 teas.) I doubled the honey as well and made a nice braid. 375 degrees for 25-27 min. Nice base recipe and concept. The honey adds nice subtle flavor. Read More
(16)