french bread

Can you feel the Super Bowl energy in the air?? I sure can! So I'm having one of my favorite bloggers, Shandra from Deals to Meals, share the all-star lineup of perfect Super Bowl foods in back-to-back posts…all using this same Best Basic French Bread recipeTalk about a touchdown.  Take it away Shandra!

One of the most popular recipes on my blog is my recipe for basic French Bread (get Jordan's printable version of the recipe HERE). There is nothing fancy or unusual about this recipe but I love the fact it is so versatile. You can pretty much use this recipe for any of your bread baking dreams. Aside from making loaves of bread, you can also use it for Cinnamon RollsOrange Rolls, and Cinnamon Swirl Bread. It's so cheap and easy, give it a try!

Best Basic French Bread Recipe

french bread

Get the printable version of this recipe HERE


2 1/2 c. warm water

2 Tbls. yeast

3 Tbls. sugar

2 Tbls. white vinegar

Then add:

1 Tbls. salt

1/3 c. oil (I use Canola)

6-7 c. flour (or a little more if it's too soft)


Add the first 4 ingredients together and let sit until bubbly (about 3-5 minutes). Then add the remaining ingredients. If dough is too soft or sticky, add a little more flour, one ½ cup at a time, until the dough is soft  but firm enough to mold into dough loaves.

Knead the dough for 2-5 minutes. Put in the oven with a small pot of boiling water (the water will keep the dough moist). Watch the dough and punch it down when it gets to the top of the mixing bowl. Do this every time it gets to the top of the bowl, as long as you have time to babysit it (2-5 times).

Put the dough on a greased countertop and divide into 2 or 3 sections (makes 3 small loaves or 2 large). Spray a cookie sheet with cooking spray and sprinkle a thin layer of cornmeal on the bottom of the sheet. Roll the dough balls into rectangle/long French bread shapes. Slash tops of bread diagonally 3-5 times and cover with a beaten egg.

Let rise 30 minutes (or until doubled) on the counter, or you can put them in your oven at 170 and wait until they are the size you want to cook them at. Once they are to the right size, turn up your stove to 375 (without opening the door!) and let them bake until done. (Or, just raise on the counter and bake at 375 for 30 minutes.) Enjoy!

Printable version HERE

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Thanks Shandra!

Be sure to check out the other all-star recipes you can make with this same french bread dough

super bowl recipes The Super Bowl Sandwich Ring, Pizza Rolls, Homemade Pizza, Pizza Benders (Calzones) and more!