Breads & Rolls | May 15, 2019

Diane’s No Fail French Bread

Diane's No Fail French Bread
Diane’s No Fail French Bread is the best French bread recipe ever! Simple ingredients, most of which you already have in your pantry and about an hour and a half is all you need before baking. Most of the time is rising in the bowl or on the baking sheet.
No Fail French Bread

Homemade French Bread vs Store bought

French Bread. When you think French Bread, do you think of the light, airy stuff you buy in a paper bag or a plastic sack at the grocery??  I used to buy it all of the time.  When we moved to Bountiful nearly 25 years ago, my friend Diane made a loaf of this bread for me.
Easy French Bread
I couldn’t believe the difference. When she shared the recipe with me, I stopped buying French bread at the grocery and started making it at home. Of course, this wasn’t any French bread, so we named it Diane’s No Fail French Bread!
Quick and Easy French Bread

Fail Proof French Bread!

This bread has a chewy texture, without being too dense. It’s beautiful and golden.  And the recipe makes two HUGE loaves! When I asked Diane for the recipe, she told me that it turned out perfect every time (this is the Pollyanna coming out in her, I thought). But she was right.
No Fail French Bread
In all of the years I have been making this bread, it has never failed. Not even one time. I usually mix this up in the KitchenAide, but it can be made by hand in a large bowl as well. When it’s made in a stand mixer, it yields smoother loaf, also baking on the Convection setting helps this as well. I usually bake it at 375 Convection for about 18- 20 minutes.
Easy Homemade French Bread

2 loaves per recipe, leftovers make the best French Toast!

Diane’s No Fail French Bread is wonderful in so many ways:  It really is so easy. A perfect bread recipe for a novice- to a seasoned cook.  It blows the socks off of that grocery store French Bread you have been buying.
Easy Homemade French Bread
No Fail French Bread keeps well. Just slice and store in a bread bag or Ziplock. I like to slice it into at least one inch thick slices. Oh,  AND it makes the best French toast.  Make this  recipe tonight or tomorrow, and save a few slices for French toast!
This recipe post has been updated with notes and photos since the original post date in August, 2009.
Diane's No Fail French Bread
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Diane's No Fail French Bread

The easiest and best French bread you will ever make. Simple ingredients, mixed in a stand mixer or by hand. Makes two huge loaves!

Course side
Cuisine American
Keyword bread, french bread
Prep Time 1 hour
Cook Time 20 minutes
rise time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Servings 12 per loaf

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons dry yeast I prefer SAF brand
  • 1/2 cup warm water
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon (yes tablespoon!) sea or Kosher salt
  • 5 tablespoons vegetable or canola oil
  • 6 cups All Purpose flour divided ( I often use 2 cups of bread flour)*
  • 1 egg *optional beaten- for glazing bread

Instructions

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
  2. In a separate large bowl combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour. Stir well.
  3. Add the yeast mixture to the hot water-flour mixture. Mix together with large wooden spoon or paddle attachment.
  4. Add the remaining 3 cups of flour a cup at a time, mixing well after each addition.
  5. After all of the flour is added and mixed in, let sit in bowl for 10 minutes.
  6. When the dough has risen, stir down with a large spoon. If making in a stand mixer, turn the machine on low for a few seconds until the dough is deflated, and push dough to bottom part of bowl with a spatula. 

  7. Repeat 5 times, every ten minutes, for a total of 60 minutes of rising and then punching (or pushing) down.

  8. Divide the dough in half. Roll each half of dough in a 9x12 rectangle on a floured surface.
  9. Roll the dough up like a jelly roll (long way). Place the dough on a greased baking pan (jelly roll pan), with the seam side down. Both loaves fit on one pan.
  10. Score the bread across the top 3 or 4 times, and brush with beaten egg (if using).

  11. Let rise for 20-30 minutes in warm place.
  12. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes in lower half of oven, until golden brown. Or you may bake at 350-375 convection for 18-20 minutes until golden. 

Recipe Notes

  1. I often add 2 cups bread flour, in place of the all purpose flour. When doing this, I use 2 cups bread flour and 3 1/2 -4 cups  All Purpose flour. Watch the amount of flour if you add bread flour. In some cases, you will need only 3 1/2 cups of additional All Purpose flour. Do not add too much flour, the dough will be too stiff and hard to handle.
  2. I make this in my KitchenAid stand mixer. Use the paddle attachment until you have mixed in the first 3 cups of flour. Then switch to the dough hook to mix in the final 3 cups of flour.
  3. I often forget the mixing down step (5 times every 10 minutes) and have never had a problem with the bread turning out perfect. Just make sure the bread raises in the bowl until it has almost doubled in size, or for about 45 minutes. Then proceed to the rolling out step.
  4. If you have a convection oven, use the convection setting. Bake at 350-375  convection for about 15-20 minutes. The convection setting turns out the prettiest loaves of bread!
  5. The egg wash or glaze is not necessary. Egg wash will produce a shiny instead of a matte finish on your loaves. You will need about 1/3 of the egg wash for this recipe. Lightly brush the loaf with the egg wash before it starts to rise after shaping. 

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  1. Si-I agree. I've done this same recipe for-seriously-100 years (or so it seems). The fact that my sister gave me the recipe was a clue that it had to be easy and tough to ruin!

  2. I love how beautiful bread looks. This one looks so perfect and squishy in the middle which is a must! I'll have to make my french toast like that next time too. I'm a HUGE cooks illustrated and ATK etc etc fan too.

    1. I’ve made this twice now and it is a fairly simple and easy recipe. Both times they came out perfectly fluffy and flavorful. My family (and myself) were amazed at how easy French bread is to make. No more store bought for me! Thanks for posting!

      1. I agree, Amy, this recipe is so simple for anyone to make. Store bought bread will never taste as good. Thanks for sharing!
        xo
        Si

  3. Hi…I just finished mixing this bread and am leavin git for the first 10 minutes. It is VERY wet. I mean its more like thick cake batter, not at all bread-dough-like. If you happen to catch this comment, please let me know if I need to ad more flour. Thanks!

  4. Sorry Anon I didn't catch the comment about the dough consistency earlier. The dough is a wet dough. After it finishes rising, and you are ready to turn it out onto the floured surface to shape, you may add a little more flour so it is easier to handle. I would try about a 1/4 cup at a time. The consistency of the dough will depend on your climate, elevation etc. One of the keys to making bread or rolls that are easy to handle is not adding too much flour before rolling out or shaping! How did it turn out?

    1. To properly make bread you must go through the time it takes to knead the bread. All these crazy no-knead bread recipes are fast yes, but the bread is heavy and doesn’t have the same taste as doing it the old fashioned way. Slow down everyone and do bread right, you won’t regret it.

      1. I have to disagree with you, at least about this recipe. It is light and the perfect density for bread. You are correct that many recipes need kneading and different techniques, but this one has turned out with just the right density each and every time and I am not a baker.

  5. I made this tonight to go with some soup and it must really be no fail because it turned out perfect! I don't think my family will settle for store bought french bread anymore. We loved it! Beautiful and delicious with the perfect consistency. It was really easy, too. My son kept making bargains so he could have another piece… "If I sweep the whole floor can I have another piece?" etc. etc.

  6. I’m trying this this weekend for Valentines. One quick question. What are you saying to “repeat 5 times?” I’m not sure if you mean stirring or letting it sit longer…Please let me know. Thanks!

    1. 3 stars
      This is easy and delicious bread, however “French” bread it is not. This is simply white bread baked in long form like french bread instead of in a loaf pan. Again, very delicious but not French bread.

  7. I’ve been dissatisfied with ever other french bread recipe I have ever tried. I made your bread tonight and LOVED it! It was easy to make and the loaves were delicious and scarfed down hot out of the oven. It’s a keeper. Thanks again!

  8. Any suggestions of how long to cook it you want to make smaller loaves? Like mini baguettes? I feel like this could be awesome for making French dip sandwiches!

  9. I started making this bread about two months ago. I now make it every other day and have stopped buying store bought bread altogether. This is a great recipe and so easy. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Kandice,
      Thanks for your kind words! I’m glad you love this recipe and I’m excited you found ABK – just in time for the holidays!
      Thanks for reading ABK!
      xo,
      Si

  10. 5 stars
    I made this bread Sunday, it turned out great. I was wondering if I could double it
    To make 4 loafs at a time. When I have my whole family over, I would need more.
    It was delicious!

    1. Hi Jill, I love to make this bread when the whole family is over for dinner. I would definitely double it if you have a lot of bread lovers! Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

    2. 5 stars
      I made this French bread recipe yesterday and it came out perfect. I bake desserts pretty after but not bread. It was easy to make and the flavor was great. I will definitely add it to my favorite recepies and I won’t be buying French bread at the grocery store anymore! Thank you!

      1. I agree, Flor, there’s nothing better than fresh homemade bread, and it’s far better than anything you can get at the grocery store! Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
        xo
        Si

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Sally. I love making this recipe, it’s so easy and has the perfect texture. Thanks for sharing!
      xo
      Si

  11. 5 stars
    I am usually very bad at making bread even though I did two years of culinary school at Johnson & Wales. But I made this recipe and my family is absolutely devoted to this bread. It is so GOOD, and it’s really easy to make. I make this so often now that I know the recipe by heart. Just a side note… My dogs love it too, if I cut some they are there immediately begging for some.

    1. I agree, Gerry, this bread recipe is hard to beat and my family always requests it for big dinners. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  12. 5 stars
    I made this bread this afternoon and boy oh boy did I hit the jackpot!!!! Thank you, thank you, thank you for sharing this amazing recipe. This bread was perfect with my Swedish Meatballs ♥️♥️♥️ The next time I make this I’m going to try gluten free flour for my daughter who has Celiac’s disease 🥰🥰🥰

    1. You’re welcome, Melissa. This bread recipe has always been a hit in our family. Sounds yummy with Swedish Meatballs! Thanks for sharing,
      xo
      Si

  13. 5 stars
    We often make rolls for Sunday dinner (usually your Lion House recipe) but I tried this French bread yesterday. WOW. My husband says he’d rather have this than rolls, which is saying A LOT. My kids opted for more bread rather than dessert. Our guests took seconds and thirds. If *I* can make it this well, then it absolutely is “no fail”.

    1. Hi Christy, I’m surprised you had leftovers! There are never any when I make this for my family. I’m so glad your fam enjoyed it, it really is a “no fail” recipe. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  14. 5 stars
    I have made this every week for over a month. Easy and delish!! I make a lot of homemade breads and this recipe really is a no fail! Thank you

    1. You’re welcome, Tammy! I love how easy this recipe is to make, and that you enjoy it as much as we do. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  15. 5 stars
    Just made this recipe and they came out perfectly! Gorgeous color…used the convection oven…and they were delicious! So easy and so muchfun! Thank you so much for sharing your recipe!

    1. Thank you for sharing, Karen! This is definitely one of my favorite no fail recipes and I’m glad you enjoyed it too.
      xo
      Si

  16. In step 6, “sit in bowl for 10 minutes. When the dough has risen, stir down”. Does this mean 10 minutes on the clock or until dough has risen to certain degree? Also deflating every 10 minutes, do you end with deflate or 10 minute rest.

    1. Hi Karen,
      10 minutes on the clock. Just set your timer for 10 minutes, then stir down. Repeat until 60 minutes are up! End at 60 minutes, deflate and then roll out. Hope this helps!
      Si

  17. 5 stars
    I never comment on the recipes I use, but this one deserves it. It’s been a while (years) since I baked bread (except for banana bread) and it turned out amazing!! My husband keeps sneaking pieces before dinner. Thank you for sharing.

    1. This recipe is hard to beat and it’s one of our family favorites as well. Thanks for sharing and I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it, Cecilia!
      xo
      Si

  18. 5 stars
    Truth be told…I was skeptical about this recipe, but I made it today and I’ll be making it again and again. The texture is perfect and the flavor, well let’s say I ate my allotted share before our spaghetti dinner tonight. Good thing there are two loaves! The dough seems to soft, but I only used enough flour to roll it out.

    1. Thanks for sharing, Debby! This recipe is easy as it gets when it comes to French bread and I’m so glad you enjoyed it.
      xo
      Si

  19. Can this recipe be used in the bread maker for at least to just make the dough? I plan on baking in the oven

    1. I cut the recipe in half, throw everything into the breadmaker on the dough setting. When it’s done I take it out, shape into a French Loaf and bake in the oven. I’ve made it several times already and has been delicious every time!

  20. Would you be able to recommend a no fail yeast brand? It seems it’s hit or miss with the yeast I buy. I have gotten so discouraged from making bread because of this

  21. 5 stars
    I just made this the second time as the first time it was amazing! This time around something weird happen, I either left it to rise too long without beating the dough in (I had to leave the house for a few hours) or my oven started acting up and it turned out a bit chewy inside. 😅 Still delicious though. I carved up a loaf every 1 1/2″ on a bias (not all the way through and filled the pockets with homemade garlic and herb butter. Yum!

    1. Hi Olga, that sounds delicious! The baking time can sometimes vary depending on your altitude and type of oven you use. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

    1. Hi Megan,
      I usually let the bread sit for at least 10 minutes before serving. Either on the baking sheet or on a rack. Happy baking!
      xo
      Si

  22. 5 stars
    Just made this and it was so delicious! My granddaughter said it was the best bread she’s ever had!! I substituted quick rising yeast because it was all I had, but followed Si’s directions and it turned out perfect. Thank you Si for sharing delicious recipes with all of us .

    Saunna Quist

    1. You’re very welcome, Saunna, it’s such an easy recipe and perfect to make for the family. Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  23. 5 stars
    Hello! In the ingredients when you put 6 cups of all purpose flour or 2 cups of bread flour…is that ‘either or’ or add 4 cups of all purpose and 2 cups of bread flour?

    1. Hi Valerie, I usually add 2 cups bread flour and 3 1/2 -4 cups of all purpose flour. Hope this helps and thanks for reading ABK!
      xo
      Si

  24. 5 stars
    I have made this bread several times and it’s so simple. It has convinced my family, friends and neighbors that I am a baker! I’ve eaten more bread in the last four months than I have in my life and I’m not fat or dead from it! Yay me! Thank you for the great recipe and fool proof instructions.

    1. You’re very welcome, Ashley! I love how this recipe is so simple, really anyone can make it and make it taste so good. Thanks for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  25. 5 stars
    I was skeptical because I have made several homemade french bread recipes that weren’t very appetizing. After reading so many positive reviews I gathered ingredients, pulled up my big girl baking pants and went to work.

    The only change I made was to use white whole wheat flour (measured lightly) in place of the white flour.

    The bread was AMAZING. My family absolutely loved it. We froze one loaf and pulled it out a few weeks later and it tasted just as good as the first time.

    This is the perfect recipe to make if you NEED a no fail French bread recipe.

    Thanks So for sharing a fail proof classic. Now I better go plan some pasta meals so I have an excuse to make it again.

  26. 5 stars
    This bread is FABULOUS! The instructions are so easy to follow! I love it so much that I am teaching a couple of friends (who are afraid of yeast) to make it next week!

    Thanks for sharing amazing recipes!

  27. 5 stars
    This recipe is lights out the best French bread ever! When I make it my family raves about it and so do my neighbors.

  28. This French bread is AMAZING! It’s so easy! And thankfully it’s a quick recipe because it gets eaten so fast anytime I make it!

  29. Love, love, love this recipe! It’s so easy. I actually cut it in half, stick everything in my breadmaker on the dough setting, then take it out when it’s done to shape in a French loaf and bake. It’s a big hit every time!

  30. 5 stars
    Love this recipe, have made it a number of times now (have it memorized) and have been successful every time. I haven’t always been right on schedule with the stir down, and once I even had to take it out of the oven mid-baking and finish up a few hours later, but it is always great. Today I divided the dough into 6 smaller loaves for subs and they turned out perfectly.

  31. 5 stars
    Made this today and love it! This is the first bread recipe to ever turn out for me! This bread and is super duper soft. Excited to turn the left overs into French bread, garlic bread, and see how it turns out after freezing a loaf. Next time I plan on baking it on convection at a higher temp (375 rather than 360) as I’m figuring out my oven temps for this bread.

  32. Wow! This bread is fabulous. I’m making my second batch. First two loaves were to die for, even though I forgot to punch down the dough after the first 2 times. It sat for about 30 minutes after that, doubled in size, I punched down and rolled out. My son says “don’t change a thing!” since I am famous for tweaking recipes. LOL It is definitely a sticky dough, but I add a few extra tablespoons of flour in the beginning and then, when I roll it out, I add just enough to make it smooth and manageable. I use the silicone spatula to push it down in the bowl during the 10 minute rises. That way it doesn’t stick to my fingers.

  33. 5 stars
    Literally for real no fail. I’m
    Not great when it come to bread, but I always love making this yo pie with different to make it just a little more out together. Easy and so so delicious.

  34. 5 stars
    This is the best French bread I’ve ever eaten (I made the variation with bread flour). It was fun to make too. I was busy working in the kitchen on other things so I used my Kitchen Aid and let the dough hook run for 10 seconds and then set a timer for 10 minutes and repeated the dough hook process x 5 which was simple.
    I served this with another Pinterest recipe by Bon Appetit for Roasted Cherry Tomato Caprese (doubled the garlic in the tomato recipe but should have tripled it).
    I served the bread slathered with labneh cheese (although any spreadable cheese like Cowgirl Creamery’s Mt. Tam or Green Dirt Farm’s Woolly Rind would taste great) and then topped the bread/cheese mixture with the tomato/garlic mixture. Absolutely wonderful.
    This morning I made french toast with it and it was wonderful with great flavor and the egg soaked all the way through without being soggy.
    Will definitely make this recipe over and over again.

  35. Question: has anyone tried splitting this up into 3 loaves instead of 2 giant ones? Would love to know cooking time for that. I’d like a slightly smaller loaf, more like a French baguette, but don’t want to mess up the texture.

    1. 5 stars
      I have always been intimidated by homemade bread recipes but I decided to try this one because I didn’t have to knead it!😂 The recipe was super easy to follow and the loaves turned out beautifully. My family raved over how good it was! Thanks Si!

  36. 5 stars
    I made this recipe tonight and when I set it on the dinner table, my daughter audibly gasped!! I didn’t plan ahead very well so I shortened the rest time intervals to 7 minutes instead of 10. I also used 3 cups bread flour and 2 ½ cups AP flour. Both loaves turned out beautifully! Definitely a keeper! Thank you, Si!

  37. 5 stars
    Thank you for sharing this!! It was AMAZING! Easy, beautiful, and so delicious. I can’t wait to make it again!

  38. 5 stars
    I never ever made a review; but this recipe is awesome!! I’m from Puerto Rico and we loved bread so I took your tip of use Bread Flour. My family loved it!!! Thanks!!!!!!

  39. 5 stars
    This bread is pure magic!! It really never fails!! My kids LOVE it!! I love that I always have everything I need to make it! Thanks, Si!

  40. Hi this is a fun new way … punching down every 10 min! Looks like I may be the only one but after I rolled into shape and rising for last time it was spreading to be more flat than high this seems to happen to me a lot … I know I’m doing something wrong🥴any ideas ?Many thanks for a great recipe I’ll def try again and again until I get it right!

    1. Here are my tips for success:

      Be sure your yeast is fresh and active. It should bubble up a lot in the 1/2 cup of water and at least double in height in the time it takes to get the other ingredients into your bowl or stand mixer.

      Be very precise with temperatures and measures. Mix the yeast into the 1/2 cup of water when water is between 110-115 degrees, warm. For the 2 cups of water, make sure it is right at or just below 130 degrees, this will feel hot to you but not scorching. Too hot and you will kill the yeast.

      I always have to add a few extra tablespoons of flour, in addition to the 6 full cups. If not, it is too sticky to handle. Maybe that’s because I live in North Carolina and it is humid here in the summer!

      When rolling up the dough, try to roll as tightly as possible. I let the dough sort of stick to my baking mat and then start rolling by stretching dough up and away from me and then tucking it in tightly at the bottom, as I roll it up. I flour my hands well so they don’t stick or tear up the dough.

      That’s it. Cover them with a light, dry kitchen towel for the last rising, about 20 minutes. Then into the oven and they should turn out as pictured! They do tend to spread a little wide, so not as tall as a sandwich loaf, but more like an Italian loaf.

  41. What is the difference between bread flour and AP flour. Would the recipe still turn out if I used all bread flour. I buy that turkey flour from Lehi roller mills and it’s bread flour

    1. Hi Amy, bread flour has more protein content than AP flour, it can turn out too stiff if you use too much bread flour, that’s why I like to use a combination of the two (2 cups bread flour and 3 1/2 to 4 cups of AP flour). Thanks for asking!
      xo
      Si

  42. Hi. Quick question before I try the first time. I use King Arthur’s flour and like to be very accurate by using weight.

    If you know, what is the weight (eg in ounces) for each cup you measure?

    Many thanks.

    Gene

    1. Eugene,
      Im sorry I don’t weigh the flour for this recipe. It is extremely forgiving and an exact measurement is not needed. I’ve had several people email me who are novice bakers and had success with this recipe. Just measure and bake. I think you’ll be fine!
      Hope this helps,
      Si

    2. The King Arthur Flour website has a conversion chart with cups, ounces, and grams. I like to weigh in grams because it’s more precise.
      1 cup All Purpose flour = 4.25 ounces = 120 grams
      1 cup Bread flour = 4.25 ounces = 120 grams
      1 cup Whole Wheat flour = 4 ounces = 113 grams
      1 cup White Whole Wheat flour = 4 ounces = 113 grams

      I never use regular whole wheat flour anymore because it’s heavy and I find the flavor to be bitter. Instead I used White Whole Wheat. It’s got all the benefits of whole wheat but tastes more like All Purpose. Generally I replace 1/3 of the All Purpose flour called for in a recipe with White Whole Wheat.

      I haven’t tried this recipe yet, but I definitely will. It sounds wonderful.

  43. I made this tonight for the first time and the flavor and texture of the bread was perfect. However, I didn’t get much of a crust. Is there something I’m missing? I baked in convection and they were gorgeous coming out of the oven. But after about 5 minutes they deflated a bit and got pretty soft. It didn’t stop anyone from devouring them, though!

  44. 5 stars
    This was a last minute addition to dinner tonight when I saw a post about how easy it was to make. It lived up to it’s reputation! I let my kitchen aid do the kneading and it turned out wonderfully. It was delicious. I will be making it regularly now I have found it 🥖😀💜

  45. 5 stars
    This recipe is amazing! I’m not a bread maker by any means but I followed the recipe and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out! I definitely will be making it again in the near future.

    1. I’m so glad to hear that, Amber. This recipe could not be any easier and it’s perfect for beginners! Thanks for sharing and for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  46. 5 stars
    I made this bread over the weekend and loved how easy it was! I usually get scared to work with yeast but this recipe is easy to follow and turned out perfectly despite my lack of baking skills. I appreciate all of the helpful notes that were attached to this recipe as well.

  47. 5 stars
    Such a great recipe that’s become a staple at our house! Simple enough for my 13 year old twins to make! Thanks so much for sharing and making us look like we know what we’re doing in the kitchen!

  48. Such a light & airy French bread. It is the perfect complement to any autumn soup or fresh spring pasta dish. I love the flavor of this bread covered in soft salted butter. This will be a definite repeat in our family.

    1. Hi Lynn,

      The water should be at about the same temperature you use to give a baby a bath! That’s the rule of thumb for me when proofing yeast. Thanks for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  49. 5 stars
    Every step of the way I questioned my ability to make delicious homemade bread. I’m so pleasantly surprised with the way this recipe turns out! Even though I didnt put the seam side down in the center and when it rose while baking it unraveled a bit it was still so delicious. So, my tip would be to pay attention to where that seam is because the bread does continue to rise in the oven.

  50. I hesitate to rate this recipe because it’s my first time attempting to bake a yeast bread and I feel like I failed, not the recipe! I followed it exactly – I thought – but it didn’t rise well at all. In fact, I feel like after I punched it down the first time, it never rose after that. I kept trying tho, and rolled and baked it. I ended up with 2 heavy “bricks” that were shaped like french bread but weighed as much as 2 bricks! The only thing I can think of is that the yeast was old – but when I looked at the package it said its expiration date was June 2020. Any ideas? Or do you have a simpler recipe I could try next time? This seemed simple enough, but alas…..failure!!!

    1. Hi Libby,
      I am so sorry you didn’t have success with this recipe! As you can see, we have had dozens of positive reviews, many from people who have not baked previously! I’m not sure what happened with your bread. Especially since you checked the expiration AND it raised up the first time. Give it another try. I don’t think it was the yeast! Make sure when your bread is in the rising period it’s in a room that is warm and without a draft. Also, make sure you don’t use all bread flour, just half or up to 4 cups at most, with the remainder being all purpose flour. Hope this helps and would love to hear if you try this recipe again. Thanks for reading ABK,
      xo
      Si

  51. 5 stars
    My family loves this bread & it’s always a huge hit at family dinners! I’ve even used the 2nd loaf for French toast the next night & we all loved how great it turned out.

  52. 5 stars
    I made this bread to go with our dinner the other night and it was a hit!! I loved how it turned out and I will definitely be making this again. Usually the crust is too hard for me with typical recipes, but this light buttery crust was perfect and not too hard to bite into.

  53. Can you add photos/a description of the dough consistency? I make bread fairly often, but this one is baffling me. The dough is so wet, I can’t imagine how you can even shape it into loaves, it’s like soup. I added an extra 1/2 cup of flour, but it didn’t do much.

  54. 5 stars
    Si … my 12 year old woke up this morning and had a hankering for fresh bread. 🙂 She has never made yeast bread in her life, but wanted to try it all by herself. No help from mom, thank you very much. I gave her my permission to try it, sort of expecting it to fail. But seriously! She made 2 beautiful loaves that taste amazing! First time ever for a 12 year old unexperienced breadmaker and voila! No fail indeed!

  55. I just made this yesterday and it’s fantastic! I’ve been baking bread for many years and would say this recipe is awesome. I used a glass tube for one loaf and a longer loaf pan to make the other. The crust was wonderful, and so was the crumb, texture, color and rise. I will definitely use this recipe over and over. Thank you so much. Oh and I used all bread flour.

  56. This was very easy and delicious. My kids gave me so many compliments! However I have to agree with the others, this is not French bread. I would call this Italian bread before French bread. It’s just like the loads you buy in the store to go with a spaghetti meal. I’m glad to have a great recipe to make my own!

  57. 5 stars
    This recipe is easy, just need patience for the rising proceess. The bread came out perfect!! Now my family wants it every day! Thanks for sharing this family recipe.

  58. This failed, like, so bad in every way. I tried two batches and both were an absolute messy disaster. Currently snowed in with plenty of beef stew but no bread. So sad ☹️

    1. I’m sorry to hear that, Brianna, what was the big issue with the bread? Maybe I can help troubleshoot for you!
      xo
      Si