This is a quick and easy way to make french loaves from scratch. I promise, you’ll never buy them at the store again!
Homemade French Bread Loaves
2 Tbsp active dry yeast
2 cups warm water
2 tsp salt
1 tsp sugar
4 1/2 – 5 cups bread flour
In a large bowl, dissolve yeast in warm water. Add the salt, sugar and 2 cups of flour. Beat until smooth. Stir in enough remaining flour to form a soft dough.
Turn onto a floured surface; knead until smooth and elastic, about 6-8 minutes. Place in a greased bowl, turning once to grease the top. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled, about one hour.
Punch down dough. Turn onto a lightly floured surface; divide in half. Shape into 12 inch long loaves.
Place on a greased baking sheet. Cover and let rise until doubled, about 30 minutes.
With a sharp knife, make four shallow slashes across the top of each loaf. Brush with softened butter.
I like to sprinkle mine with garlic powder, a tiny bit of salt and some Italian seasoning.
Bake at 450 degrees for 15-20 minutes or until golden brown.