Fluffy French Bread

This recipe for Fluffy French Bread is my go-to bread recipe. It makes one loaf and is easily doubled to make for a crowd. 

Prep Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 2 hours
Servings 12
Author Sara


  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 1 Tablespoon white granulated sugar or honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 Tablespoon oil
  • 2-1/2 to 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 1 egg beaten for top of bread



  1. Preheat oven to 375 F. Prepare a baking sheet with silicone baking mat or parchment paper. 

  2. In bowl of stand mixer, combine warm water, yeast, and sugar. Let sit 5-7 minutes or until foamy.
  3. Mix in salt, oil, and 2 cups flour on low speed until combined. Add half cup flour at a time until dough pulls away from sides of bowl and is only slightly sticky. Mix on low to medium speed for 3-5 minutes, or hand knead.
  4. Place dough in greased bowl and let rise for 45 minutes at room temperature, it should be almost double in size. Roll out into a 9X13 inch rectangle and then roll up into a long roll, about 2-3 inches high and 13 inches long.

  5.  Place on baking sheet and slice slits in top of bread 2-3 inches apart, and about ¼ inch deep. Let rise one hour, or until about doubled in size.

  6. Bake at 375 for 20-25 minutes, top should be golden brown and sound hollow when tapped. Brush egg onto top of loaf and bake for another 2-3 minutes. This gives the outside of the loaf a nice shine and a little crunch.

Recipe Notes

Notes: Placing dough in the oven and preheating it to 200 F and then shutting the oven off and propping the door open with a wooden spoon can decrease rising time by 15-20 minutes on either rise.