Bread Machine French Bread

After playing around with many different recipes I have finally created a French Bread Recipe that can be mixed in the bread machine that is wonderful!

1 1/8 cup warm water
1 tablespoon sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon canola oil (you could also use vegetable or better blend)
3 cups all purpose flour
1 package active dry yeast

Place all ingredients in the pan of your bread machine in the order listed above. Set bread machine to dough cycle.

When the cycle is complete, remove the dough from bread machine. Divide dough into two equal portions. Roll each portion out into a 9x13 inch rectangle. Pinch ends in and shape dough into a rounded shape. Place dough on a greased baking sheet and allow dough to rise for thirty minutes.

Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes.

About four minutes before bread is finished cooking remove bread from oven and spread the top with this Garlic Butter recipe. Return bread to oven and allow it to finish cooking. You can also use the Garlic Butter to spread on individual slices, once you have sliced the bread.


  1. I love my bread machine, it's GREAT!!! that it does all the HARD!!! work for you. Last week I tried making french bread, I like your recipe. My recipe didn't have sugar in it. I will try make it with your recipe this week. Today I made oatmeal n' honey bread. My family really likes this bread toasted in the morning w/cream cheese.
    THANKS!!! for the recipe.

  2. hi! Can you please help me understand the direction of, "Pinch ends in and shape dough into a rounded shape."? Do you roll it up to look like a baguette after making it into the rectangular shape? Thanks, in advance, for helping this not-so-talented cook! ;-)

  3. You just kind of round out the edges. I hope that helps. I might try to add some pictures in next time Imake it so that it is explained a little bit better.

  4. So I tried this recipe and I'm not sure what I did wrong. I used the dough setting and when it beeped, I took out the dough but it was so super sticky. It stuck to everything and I couldn't form it in to nice pretty loaves. I kinda shaped them into blobby heaps of dough. They're rising now, so I hope it still tastes good.

  5. I'm trying this tonight but wanted to comment for Michelle... whenever I mix stuff in my bread machine, I always peek in after about 5 minutes to check the consistency and then add about a TB of either flour or water depending... I just moved to a high-altitude city and some things just don't always work out right here--and I think maybe I don't always measure precisely... so that works for me and just thought I'd share! :)

  6. I was looking for a good french bread recipe for the bread machine and I plan on using this one tonight. Thanks so much.
    If Michelle is still reading this many months later, always check the consistency of your dough once the bread machine starts going. I have a very humid house and almost always have to add flour to my breads to get the consistency right. As "Brian and Jen" said you have to give it a few minutes then check on it. The consistency should be pretty smooth and only slightly sticky.

  7. I just made this recipe last night and it was delicious! I rolled the bread into long rolls using the instructions here: I did have to add some flour after I took the dough out of the bread-maker when I kneaded it a before rolling out. Thanks for the recipe!

  8. I am making this right now and it smells soooo good baking. I really want to pin this so I can find the recipe, but pinterest can't find a pinable image. It would be great if you had a picture with it so it was pinable!

  9. How much is the 1 package of dry yeast? i have a jar and need to measure it out. Thank you!


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