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Easy 1-Hour French Bread

I've been upping my bread game lately, and this is a total home run. From start to finish, it takes no time at all - which is perfect if you're having company or just want the house to smell like fresh bread. Because, after all, is there a better smell?! (no, the answer is no.)

Granted, it does take me a little longer than an hour because I have four extra hands helping - but they're the cutest 4 hands! This is actually a really great recipe to have the kiddos help make. It is pretty straight forward and this bread is rather resilient, so you don't have to be too delicate!

1-Hour French Bread

Yield: 3 loaves

You'll Need:

Stand mixer

silicone baking mats

2 sheet pans (or 1 large)


2 Tbsp Active Dry Yeast

1/2 Cup warm water

2 Cups Hot Water

3 Tbsp Sugar

2 tsp Salt

6 Cups AP Flour

1 Egg

1. In a stand mixer, combine yeast, water, and the sugar. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until a light foam as developed

2. Mix in hot water, salt, and flour. Use a dough hook and turn mixer to low. As the ingredients incorporate, turn to medium speed until a dough is formed and begins to pull away from the bowl.

3. On a silicone baking mat, divide dough into 3 equal pieces and form into logs.

4. Make 3-4 scores across the top of each loaf and brush with melted butter.

5. Bake at 375° for 18-20 minutes, or until the top gets golden brown

Happy Baking and Bon Appétit!


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