French Bread Recipes

Looking for French bread recipes? Allrecipes has more than 30 trusted recipes for brioche, croissants, French bread, and crepes complete with ratings, reviews and cooking tips.

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French Baguettes

Rating: 4.77 stars
Great eaten fresh from oven. Used to make sub sandwiches, etc.

Traditional Layered French Croissants

Rating: 4.39 stars
Crisp buttery outer layers and a soft, delicate interior make these delectable croissants melt in your mouth.

Pain de Campagne - Country French Bread

Rating: 4.72 stars
I got this recipe out of a novel and made some minor changes. It is a yummy French bread that is worth the wait.


Rating: 3.68 stars
This recipe for fougasse, the French version of the Italian focaccia bread, is topped with mixed herbs. The flat bread can be slashed to form shapes (a leaf, tree, or wheat stalk), or the slits can be cut to form a lattice, making the bread easy to pull apart.

French Bread Rolls to Die For

Rating: 4.6 stars
Easy to make French bread rolls. Dough can be made in mixer, bread maker, or by hand. Loaves or rolls can be brushed before baking with a glaze of 1 beaten egg white mixed with 1 tablespoon water if desired.

French Bread

Rating: 4.54 stars
A crisp, crunchy crust and slightly chewy center make this bread as traditional as the breads served in France.


Rating: 4.79 stars
Pronounced 'queen-a-mahn,' kouign-amann wouldn't be one of the world's greatest pastries if it also weren't a legendary labor of love. The irresistible combination of sweet, salty, sticky, buttery, crispy, flaky, and tender is something you must experience to believe. Made with bread flour, the dough is a little different from croissants or puff pastry. Salt is also key here; the authentic ones are about as savory as they are sweet.


Rating: 4.17 stars
Authentic French croissants.

French Breakfast Puffs

Rating: 4.43 stars
This was a favorite recipe of mine growing up. Now, I continue to make them for my husband and I. These muffins are easy to make, and quite tasty.


Rating: 4.1 stars
A fresh brioche can be served with jelly or other preserves to accompany tea or coffee, or with pate or hors d'oeuvre. The tops of the small ones can easily be pulled away, giving space for a sweet or savory filling. Brioche dough can also be used for wrapping other ingredients such as beef for boeuf-en-croute, a salmon filling for a koulibiaca, or a spicy garlic sausage.

Quick Butter Croissants

Rating: 4.43 stars
Despite the title, this recipe takes several hours to prepare. Luckily, these fresh flaky croissants will be worth the wait!

No-Knead Artisan Style Bread

Rating: 4.49 stars
This is a very easy bread to make without any kneading. Bake in a Dutch oven or heavy casserole dish. The bread comes out very crusty and with huge holes throughout, just like at the bakery.

Inspiration and Ideas

22 Recipes Using a Whole Baguette (That Aren't Sandwiches)
These clever baguette recipes include breakfast casseroles, bread puddings, crostini, soups, and stuffed French bread. 
How to Make French Baguettes
Rating: Unrated
I always thought you can't make real French baguettes at home, but once I tried it I realized I was wrong. Again. You're going to be fairly shocked when you realize just how simple this is. The only way to make bread this any more French is to put some butter on it!

Raspberry Pain au Chocolat (Raspberry Chocolate Croissants)

Rating: 4.59 stars

Flaky puff pastry is filled with chocolate-hazelnut spread and all-fruit raspberry spread in this delectable treat. I concocted this on a whim one afternoon, and after one bite, I knew it was one for the books! Simple, elegant, and delicious.