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Easy Homemade French Bread + Garlic Butter

Need some warm, delicious, homemade french bread in your life? 

This is one of the easiest with simple ingredients you’ll have on hand.

No milk, no egg, and you don’t even have to knead it. 

And did I mention it’s done in one hour? Scroll on down for the recipe & video tips!

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe


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Alright, let me just get this over with now. 

Hubby, I owe you a huge apology. 

When you asked for homemade french loaves with chili mac the other night…

I was not a happy camper.

And when you suggested I turn around and make them into salty garlic bread, 

I really wished I had a french loaf in my hand to actually hit you over the head with, lol. 

Kidding, I wouldn’t actually do that. 

But since your food ideas always turn out to be smashing successes…

and usually our top posts at Milk Allergy Mom…

(like the snickerdoodles)

and of course because I love you dearly…

I got to work figuring out the best way to give this my best (first) shot. 

That’s right, never made french bread before. HA! 

Dutch oven bread? Mastered. 

Crescent rolls? Got those down. 

Even homemade cinnamon rolls? Gotcha covered. 

But french bread sounded a little over the top for my simple pasta dish. 

However, hubby, you were right again. 

This was actually really easy to make. 

The family devoured it over two days and gave it glowing reviews. 

And seriously I don’t think we’ll ever buy french bread from the store again. 

You guys, it takes just basic ingredients, 

no milk, no egg…

and is done in an hour!

Ok, an hour and 10 minutes if you want to add the extra garlic butter step explained below. 

Dairy-free garlic butter, of course, for our milk allergy friends. 

I could not wait to get this post written for you…

because I know you’re gonna love it as much as we do!

Let’s get to dairy-free, egg-free, one-hour homemade french bread, shall we?!

Be sure to see our video tips in this post, too.

EASY HOMEMADE FRENCH BREAD RECIPE

Makes 2 long loaves, 8 pieces each

Total Time: 1 hour

Homemade 1-Hour French Bread

FRENCH BREAD INGREDIENTS

1 tablespoon yeast
1/4 cup warm water
1 cup hot water
1-1/2 tablespoons sugar
1 teaspoons salt
2.5 tablespoons olive oil
3-1/4 all purpose cup flour
olive oil or melted butter for brushing (optional)

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

HOW TO MAKE FRENCH BREAD

1. In a small measuring cup dissolve 1 tablespoon yeast in 1/4 cup warm water. The water should be the temperature of a baby bath, not too hot, not too cold. 

 
 Homemade French Bread Recipe

2. In your Kitchen Aid Mixer bowl: combine 1 cup hot water, 1.5 tablespoons sugar, 1 teaspoon salt, 2.5 tablespoons oil and 1.5 cups flour and mix together with a spatula.

3. Add the yeast mixture to the bowl and mix in with a spatula.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

4. Attach your dough hook to the mixer.

5. Add the remaining 1-3/4 cups flour, 1/4 cup at a time, mixing after each addition on the Kitchen Aid setting #2. As you add more flour, the dough should start to pull away from the bowl and cling to the hook in a ball like this.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

6. Once all of the flour is added, remove it from the dough hook, and let the dough sit for 10 minutes in the bowl. 

7. Separate your dough into 2 equal pieces. 

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

8. On a lightly floured surface, roll each piece into a 9×12 rectangle.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

9. Roll each rectangle up tightly like a jelly roll, pinching all the seams closed with your fingers. 

10. Shape the rolls into french bread shape, getting all the edges smooth. 

 

11. Place both dough rolls on a baking sheet, seam sides down.

12. Using a sharp knife, make diagonal cuts about 1/4 inch thick in the bread, one inch apart.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

13. Brush the top of the dough with olive oil, melted butter, or even water.

14. Let dough rise uncovered on the pan for 30 minutes in a warm place.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

15. Bake at 375 for 18-22 minutes or until golden brown.

Easy Homemade French Bread Recipe

Serve warm with dairy-free butter, jam, or other favorite spreads.

Or see our recipe below for garlic bread. 

HOW TO STORE FRENCH BREAD

We ate our first loaf fresh out of the oven, as garlic bread (see below). 

Our second loaf we saved for leftovers the next day. 

To store it, I just wrapped it in a clean towel. 

And it actually hardened up really nice on day two. 

I wouldn’t hesitate to make these a day ahead to have nice, crispy french bread. 

But eating it fresh is delicious, too!

If you have extra bread after spreading butter and garlic on it, store that in the refrigerator in an airtight container and heat before serving. 

Now onto the garlic bread recipe!

Homemade Garlic Bread

EASY GARLIC BUTTER FOR FRENCH BREAD

Oven 375 degrees

With a loaf of french bread on hand, make up this dairy-free garlic butter mixture.

8-10 piece loaf of french bread
3 tablespoons dairy-free butter (softened)
1/2 teaspoon salt 
1/2 teaspoon garlic powder

Slice the french bread pieces without cutting all the way through the loaf. 

Mix together the soft butter, garlic powder, and salt.

Spread about a teaspoon of garlic butter between each bread slice, covering both sides. 

Put the loaf of bread on a cookie sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 10 minutes.

Serve hot and enjoy!

We love this garlic bread with dairy and egg free meatballs and pasta!

 

I sure hope you love this dairy-free, egg-free, quick french bread as much as we do. 

Leave a comment and let us know! We’d love to hear. 

 

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