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Crusty French Bread Recipe - Bread Machine

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Crusty French Bread

Crusty French Bread

Photo and Recipe: Diana Rattray
Slice the baguette at a slight angle, then season and oven-toast for delicious croutons. This bread machine French bread recipe makes 1 loaf.


  • 1 1/2 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons dry milk
  • 2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 cups bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 teaspoons active dry yeast
  • 1 egg white, whisked with 1 tablespoon cold water (to be brushed near end of baking)


  • Add first 8 ingredients to bread machine.
  • Use the French Bread setting of your machine, but remove the dough before the baking cycle begins. Or, use the dough cycle, punch down to let air escape, let rise again (45 minutes to 1 hour), knead lightly, let rise again, form into loaves.
  • Spray or lightly oil a large cookie sheet; sprinkle with cornmeal.
  • To form loaves: Transfer dough (it will be soft) to a lightly floured board. Sprinkle with a little flour; cut dough into 2 portions. Roll each portion into a rectangle about 12 to 15 inches wide (add more flour as needed). Starting at long end, roll up; pinch seams well. Repeat with next roll. Place loaves on prepared cookie sheet; cover with clean dish towel and let rise another hour. Preheat oven to 400°. Place a pie plate on the lower rack of the oven; add about 1 inch of boiling water to the pie plate. Bake bread for 15 minutes; lower heat to 350°. Bake for another 25 minutes. About 5 minutes before loaves are done, brush with egg white and water mixture.


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User Reviews

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 4 out of 5
Quick Version, Member marthawannabe

I was in a hurry so I let the dough rise in the breadmaker, punched it down, kneaded it and made the loaves. I let them rise while I made a lasagne, then baked them. They still turned out good. My daughter and husband both enjoyed the bread sliced with garlic butter.

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