Fresh from the Oven French Bread Recipe

Nothing makes a home feel more ‘homey” than fresh bread baking in the oven! even my picky kids love to eat it warm covered in butter straight from the oven. I love to make it on cooler days or even in the evening as the house warms up quick. It is fabulous with pasta dishes and entertaining. This recipe is so good and best of all, you do not even need a bread maker!


Fresh from the Oven French Bread


  • 2 teaspoon active quick rising dry yeast
  • 4 cups of flour
  • 2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbs.corn meal
  • 1 tbs of olive oil or cooking oil.
  • 3-4 ice cubes
  • 1 egg white


-In a large mixing bowl place hot water and yeast until yeast becomes foamy about ten minutes.
Place 1/4 cup of bread flour on your clean counter top and reserve. Place remaining 3 3/4 cups bread flour and salt in your mixer bowl.  With your dough hook mix on low for about 4 minutes until a ball forms. Let the dough rest for 5 minutes. Turn the mixer on for another two minutes on low.
-Remove dough from the bowl on the floured surface knead dough until forms a nice silky smooth ball.
-Place dough back in a large lightly oiled bowl I use pam and cover with Saran wrap for about 1 hour or until doubles in size.
-Remove dough from the bowl and cut in half. On floured surface roll dough out into two long loaves. Roll dough tightly like a jelly roll tucking in edges. Place dough on a lightly oiled pan and place corn meal over the oil. Let rise for about 1 hour or until doubles in size. Preheat oven to 450 degrees
-With a sharp paring knife make 3-4 shallow, diagonal slashes. Coat the top of the breads with egg-white. place 3-4 ice cubes in the bottom of your oven the steam makes a nice crusty bread. If you don’t have ice cubes put 1/2 cup of water in a pan on the lowest level of your oven.
Bake bread in the oven for about 25 minutes or until golden brown.  Slice and Serve!


  1. kathy downey says

    Thanks going to try this real soon!

  2. Lisa Coomer Queen says

    I love French Bread! I can't wait to try this! Thanks for the recipe. I've already pinned.

  3. Tricia Hope says

    Wow this is gonna be my new go 2,thx!

  4. stephy905 says

    I absolutely love homemade bread!!!!!!

  5. Nena Sinclair says

    Mmmm is there anything better than fresh homemade bread?? 🙂

  6. naiddia p says

    Have never made bread at home. Will try your recipe. Thanks for sharing.

  7. nicolthepickle says

    This looks like a good recipe. I'm rather picky about what bread I make, but your recipe looks wonderful.

  8. Oh, there is nothing like fresh bread from the oven and the aroma filling the house too! Thanks for the recipe! Pinned

  9. wlliam gossage says

    I love fresh bake bread and this sure sound taste.

  10. playfulpaws75 says

    If I buy a french stick or baguette…I eat the whole thing that day, because it's soooo good fresh!!! I would love to be able to bake my own!!!

  11. Susan Patterson says

    Thanks for the great recipe! I know that it will be a favourite around our home.

  12. This looks delicious! Must try!

  13. Elva Robertsf says

    I have made French Bread before and I really loved it . It is low fat, except for the butter you put on the freshly baked bread! The above recipe so delicious and easy to make that I am going to try it very soon. Thank you for this recipe.

  14. Susan Patterson says

    This looks yummy- I will definitely try it out. Thank you!

  15. Katherine Moore says

    My Son LOVES fresh bread. I was excited to try this recipe. I'm happy to report that it was a huge success!!! Thank you so much for sharing this recipe. I look forward to trying more.

  16. Darlene Demell says

    We love home made bread in our home. Especially when its still warm. I must try this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

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