Breads, Organic Living & Recipes

Freshly-Baked French Bread

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I am becoming more and more excited with organic bread baking! Because my daughters love deli-style sandwiches, fresh rolls and, of course, peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, I have been on a quest to find a delicious, soft bread recipe that I could bake organically and that wouldn’t tend to dry out by the next day.

I headed straight to Pinterest where I found an overwhelming amount of “the best” bread recipes. I went ahead and picked one, and I do believe this has been my favorite bread so far!

I absolutely love baking bread from scratch now — organic with no preservatives, additives or ingredients that really shouldn’t be there. This bread has only six ingredients and is so much better than store-bought!

Homemade French Bread

*recipe slightly adapted from lil’ luna

*I prefer to use all organic ingredients

  • 2 Tablespoons dry yeast
  • ½ cup warm water
  • 2 cups hot water
  • 3 Tablespoons sugar
  • 1 Tablespoon salt
  • 5 Tablespoons grape seed oil
  • 6 cups flour, divided
  1. Dissolve your yeast in ½ cup warm water.
  2. In a large mixing bowl combine hot water, sugar, salt, oil and 3 cups of the flour and stir.
  3. In a stand mixer, use the paddle attachment to mix the yeast mixture and the hot water/flour mixture together.
  4. Add the remaining 3 cups of flour, one cup at a time, mixing after each addition. Once all of the flour is added, cover with a clean dishtowel and let sit for 15 minutes.
  5. Separate your dough into 3 pieces (I typically make a sandwich loaf, traditional French loaf and some extra rolls or buns.) This dough is very sticky, so you will probably want to flour your hands and sprinkle a little on the dough itself. On a floured surface, roll each piece into a rectangle shape then form into a oblong loaf or place in a greased bread pan. You can also form this dough into round balls, slightly flattened, for rolls and buns.
  6. Place the dough on a greased baking pan, seam side down. Score the bread across the top 3 or 4 times, and brush with additional grape seed oil. Cover and let dough rise  for 30-40 minutes in a warm place.
  7. Bake on the middle rack for 20 minutes at 375 degrees or until golden brown.
  8. Note – when baking hamburger/hot dog buns or rolls, baking time will be approximately 15 minutes, depending on the size of your bread.
One batch of this delicious dough produced all of the various breads you see in the first picture! This dough is so versatile and oh-so-soft! Use it for sandwiches, served with pasta, for hamburgers/hot dogs … even delicious little rolls with butter and honey!
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Enjoy!

43 Comments

  1. perfection! Can imagine how lovely this would taste slathered with butter.

    1. Thank you so much! 😉

    1. Thank you so much, Natascha! Hope you have a great week! 😀

  2. Lovely! Currently I’m looking for an easy recipe for French bread and I found yours 😀

    1. Thank you so much! I hope you’ll enjoy this recipe as much as I do! 😉
      ~ Anna

    1. Thank you so much, Derrick! 🙂

  3. Anna, my sweet friend, you are becoming quite the bread maker 🙂 🙂 🙂 It looks so soft and delicious…like I could do with a slice or two right now !!!!

    1. Aww, thank you so much for your kind words, dear Lynne! 🙂 I wish so very much I could send you a loaf! 😉

  4. Home-baked bread has been one of my weaknesses since I was a little kid.

    1. I can totally relate, Darryl! 😉

  5. That’s a BEAUTIFUL bread! It looks delicious 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Maria! 🙂

  6. Oh Anna, you know how happy my bread loving heart is right now? This break is just beautiful!

    1. Thank you so much, Julie! 🙂 I think of you every time I bake bread — I hope someday we can bake together! 😀 Thank you for your encouragment!

      1. I would LOVE that! Maybe a family visit to Nebraska or a bloggers conference?

        1. YES! 😀 Any of the above … or a trip to Idaho! 😉 Thankful for you, my friend!

  7. YUM!! This looks absolutely delicious. I’m dreaming of honey-buttered rolls!

    1. Thank you, Katie! This recipe is amazing!! I highly recommend it! 😀

      1. I’ll have to try it! I have a deep and abiding love for soft yeast breads! 🙂

        1. Me too! 😉

  8. Wow, that looks like great sandwich bread! You’re favorite so far? That’s a solid recommendation! 🙂

    1. You’re so sweet, Sadie! Thank you! 😀 This bread is my favorite — the recipe is amazing!!

  9. Whoa that bread! Be still my heart! Thanks for stopping by my blog today! Light and Love, Shona

    1. Thank you so much, Shona! 🙂 Blessings to you!
      ~ Anna

  10. I have been wanting to try more bread making. It just seems like a ton of work. But this recipe looks so, so easy! I may have to try it this week if I get some time.

    1. That’s how I always felt about bread making! This recipe is so easy and not very time consuming like others I’ve made. I hope you’ll let me know if you get a chance to try it! 😉

      1. I have it printed out – didn’t have time to do it last night (I was crafting a cat costume), but maybe tonight! I was thinking of mussels for supper, and some fresh bread to go with them would be perfect.

        1. Sounds fabulous! 😀

  11. This looks seriously amazing Anna! Wow! I would love to gobble some up with that salad. That second to last photo is making me want some bread now! Beautiful.

    1. Awe, thank you so much, Roberta! 🙂 This bread goes so well with many dishes!

  12. So yummy looking 🙂

    1. Thank you so much, Leyla! 🙂

  13. Very nice Anna! That looks just so tasty! A wonderful post!

    1. Thank you, dear Lynn! xoxo

  14. Perfection!! I’m making this one for sure. 🙂

    1. Thank you, Josette! I think you’ll love this recipe! 😉

  15. What a beautiful bread!! It looks so crusty and fluffy on the inside. I just pinned it to make later!

    1. Thank you so much, Jasmine! 🙂 It’s one of our very favorites!

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