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This French bread recipe yields hot, fresh loaves with a crisp, crunchy crust and slightly chewy center. This bread is as traditional as the bread served in France.

Recipe Summary

25 mins
35 mins
1 hr 45 mins
2 hrs 45 mins
2 large loaves


Original recipe yields 30 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Grease a large baking sheet and sprinkle with cornmeal. Set aside.

  • Combine 2 cups flour, yeast, and salt in the bowl of a stand mixer. Stir in 2 cups warm water; beat with the dough hook attachment until blended. Continue adding remaining flour, a little at a time, until incorporated.

  • Knead dough on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic, 8 to 10 minutes. Shape into a ball, place in a greased bowl, and turn once. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 1 hour.

  • Punch dough down and divide in half. Turn out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest for 10 minutes.

  • Roll each half into a large rectangle. Roll up, starting from a long side. Moisten edge with water and seal. Taper ends.

  • Place loaves, seam-side down, on the prepared baking sheet. Lightly beat egg white with 1 tablespoon water and brush over loaves. Cover with a damp cloth and let rise until nearly doubled, 35 to 40 minutes.

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  • Use a sharp knife to make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts, about 1/4-inch deep, across top of each loaf. Bake in the preheated oven for 20 minutes. Brush loaves with egg white mixture. Continue baking until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads 190 degrees F (88 degrees C) or loaves sound hollow when tapped, 15 to 20 minutes more. If necessary, cover loosely with foil to prevent over-browning.

  • Remove loaves from the baking sheet and cool on a wire rack.

Nutrition Facts

94 calories; protein 2.9g; carbohydrates 19.5g; fat 0.3g; sodium 119.4mg. Full Nutrition