How to Bake French Bread

Delicious, simple, and artistic looking French bread made right at home! Only 7 ingredients. Don't be intimated by the number of steps - this really is a surprisingly simple bread to make.

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Using a Kitchen Aid mixer with the flat beater attached... Put 3 cups of the flour in the bowl. Add yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix.

Using a Kitchen Aid mixer with the flat beater attached... Put 3 cups of the flour in the bowl. Add yeast, sugar, and salt. Mix.

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Water should be quite warm, but still comfortable enough to keep your fingers in it.

Water should be quite warm, but still comfortable enough to keep your fingers in it.

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This is what the dry mixture looks like after mixing.

This is what the dry mixture looks like after mixing.

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Attach the dough hook. Add water and oil. Mix.

Attach the dough hook. Add water and oil. Mix.

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This is basically what it should look like after mixing. Yours may be stickier and that's ok. Slowly add flour 1/4 cup at a time until... (See next step for video)

This is basically what it should look like after mixing. Yours may be stickier and that's ok. Slowly add flour 1/4 cup at a time until... (See next step for video)

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Your dough is ready when it looks and feels like this!

Your dough is ready when it looks and feels like this!

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Knead the dough a little bit. You may need to sprinkle a small amount of flour on the counter to keep it from sticking.

Knead the dough a little bit. You may need to sprinkle a small amount of flour on the counter to keep it from sticking.

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Keep kneading until it is smooth. Form in a ball, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.

Keep kneading until it is smooth. Form in a ball, cover, and let rest for 10 minutes.

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Prep a baking sheet by spraying it or covering in parchment paper.

Prep a baking sheet by spraying it or covering in parchment paper.

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Either with your hands or a rolling pin, form the dough into a large rectangle. Make sure it's longest edge is not longer than your pan.

Either with your hands or a rolling pin, form the dough into a large rectangle. Make sure it's longest edge is not longer than your pan.

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Roll the rectangle into a long loaf - start at a long edge. Keep it snug to keep air bubbles out.

Roll the rectangle into a long loaf - start at a long edge. Keep it snug to keep air bubbles out.

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I like to pinch and press the seam a little after rolling the loaf.

I like to pinch and press the seam a little after rolling the loaf.

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Place on pan (mine only fit diagonally!) seam side down. Using a sharp knife, gnash the top in several places. Don't go deep - just enough for it to pull apart on its own and be visible as shown.

Place on pan (mine only fit diagonally!) seam side down. Using a sharp knife, gnash the top in several places. Don't go deep - just enough for it to pull apart on its own and be visible as shown.

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Using a pastry brush, brush the loaf thoroughly with egg white.

Using a pastry brush, brush the loaf thoroughly with egg white.

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Let rise in warm place until doubled in size. I like to brush it with egg white again at this point, but it is not required.

Let rise in warm place until doubled in size. I like to brush it with egg white again at this point, but it is not required.

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Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

Bake at 375 Fahrenheit for 15 minutes.

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Remove and brush with egg white again.

Remove and brush with egg white again.

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Return to oven for another 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool a few minutes before slicing. Then enjoy!

Return to oven for another 15 minutes or until nicely browned. Let cool a few minutes before slicing. Then enjoy!

Ingredients

Cups Flour 
2 Teaspoons Yeast 
Teaspoons Sugar 
1 Teaspoon Salt 
Teaspoons Vegetable oil 
Cups Warm water 
1 Egg white 
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