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Soft Country French Bread

Country French Bread recipe made with simple ingredients & detailed instructions showing how to make bread! Done in just over an hour and is a showstopper!
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Rise Time15 mins
Total Time1 hr 10 mins
Course: bread, Yeast Bread
Cuisine: French
Keyword: french bread
Servings: 12
Calories: 216kcal


  • 2 TBSP yeast
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 1/4 cup granulated sugar
  • 1/3 cup canola oil
  • 1 egg
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-3 1/2 cups flour
  • 1 egg whisked with 1 TBSP water for textured top


  • In a large bowl, dissolve sugar in warm water. Add yeast; let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Add the canola oil, egg, salt and enough flour to form a soft dough. Knead for 5 minutes.
  • Form dough into a smooth ball. Keeping the dough in the bowl, spray with non-stick spray and cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let rise in a warm place for 15 minutes.
  • Punch down dough. Knead for 1 minute, then form into a loaf by rolling it into an oblong shape then tucking and pinching the ends under the loaf. Place loaf on parchment lined cooking sheet. Brush thoroughly with egg mixture.
  • Let loaf sit while oven is preheating to 425 degrees F, or about 10 minutes.
  • Bake for 30-35 minutes, until outside is golden brown and internal temperature of loaf registers 195-200 degrees. Make sure the top isn't browning too much- sometimes I lay a piece of foil over the loaf to protect it. Let cool. Slice & enjoy with butter!


Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 14mg | Sodium: 299mg | Potassium: 63mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 20IU | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 2mg