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Chewy French Bread

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Chewy French Bread is an easy five ingredient bread. My mom perfected it, and its great for dipping in soup, as a sandwich, or just eating with a pat of butter! 

Overhead shot of two large loafs of baked Chewy French bread, on a cooling rack.

Today would have been my Mom’s 82nd birthday. She passed away just two months ago, and I miss her so much. This post is being updated today, in honor of my mom, so I can share with you even more tips and tricks regarding my favorite bread recipe of Mom’s. You can find more of her recipes under Norma Jean’s Kitchen.

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When I first started my blog, I texted my family asking for hand-written recipes from Mom. I know I had one for this french bread recipe at one time, but can only find one in my handwriting. Such a bummer. Mom’s handwriting is so unique and I love seeing it today. My boys could never read her cursive handwriting and would ask that I translate all their birthday cards she sent them over the years.

It’s funny how I never thought much about that handwriting at the time, but now, I look at it and just treasure those memories I have of Mom in the kitchen. Before we moved Mom and Dad out of their home in 2013 – our childhood home – I would visit and sit for hours at the bar in the kitchen with her. She would cook and bake, and we’d chat and look at recipes. Mom had every local church cookbook, and I loved looking at them and hearing about what she’d tried and what she liked. Then I’d copy them and take them home with me to try.

The kitchen was Mom’s “happy place” and when I’m in my kitchen, it’s mine too. And it’s even happier when I spend time cooking Mom’s recipes and thinking about all those moments we had together in her kitchen.

Side shot of two smaller hoagie buns of French bread, with a larger one in the background.

Five Ingredients Needed for Chewy French Bread:

There is a good chance that you have all of these baking staples, except maybe the yeast. If you are at all afraid of using yeast, DON’T BE! You can do it. Just follow my steps and don’t be afraid to experiment a little.

  • Yeast – I use Red Star Active Dry Yeast. (This is a very large amount. I keep a bunch in the freezer, and it lasts a long time.) We have perfect bread-making weather here in Texas, and my bread always rises pretty quickly. You may need a Quick Rise Yeast, depending on where you live.
  • Sugar – Just a little bit of sugar is needed to help activate the yeast.
  • Water – It’s very important to use warm water. I test it with my finger, and make sure it’s not too hot, and not cold either.
  • Salt – I like kosher salt, but you can use regular salt as well.
  • Flour – For best results, use all-purpose flour.
A stack of French bread of different sizes.

How to make Chewy French Bread:

Note: You can definitely make this recipe by hand instead of using a mixer. It will take a little bit more time and some arm strength, but you can do it.

  1. Activate the yeast. Using a large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and warm water. Take a spatula, and stir it around a couple of times. Then let it sit for about 15 minutes so that the yeast activates. You should see a bubbly mixture when it’s ready. See below.
  2. Add flour to desired consistency. Start by adding about four cups of flour to the mixer. Let the mixer run, and occasionally scrape down the sides of the bowl with a spatula. Gradually add more flour until you get a nice dough consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.
  3. Let the dough rise. Grease a large bowl with canola or olive oil. Remove the dough from the mixer, and form it into a ball. Then place it in the bowl, and cover it with a clean dishtowel. Place the bowl in a quiet corner of your kitchen and let rise until approximately doubled in size. The rise may be different each time, and will vary depending on where you live.
  4. Punch the dough down. When the dough doubles, rub a little oil on your hands, and punch bread, starting in the middle, and gently punch sides into the middle of the bowl. This should only take a couple of minutes. No need to over-handle the dough. Lift dough up with your hands, and pour a little more oil into the bowl and spread up the sides. Place the dough back in the bowl, cover with towel, and let rise again.
  5. Form loaves of bread (or buns). Once the bread rises twice, it’s time to form the dough into desired shapes. Prepare bread pans or jelly roll pans with baking spray. (See below for my favorite pans.) Add a little oil to a pastry mat or a large flat surface (a cutting board works too), and form sections of dough into oblong shapes for large French bread, or into smaller shapes for buns or smaller loaves. Another option is baking a round piece of dough in a cast iron skillet.
  6. Let rise again. Cover dough with clean dish towels, and let it rise again, until almost doubled in size.
  7. Prepare for baking. Use a sharp serrated edge knife to cut diagonal slits in the tops of the bread. Beat one large egg, and using a pastry brush, spread a thin layer over the tops of bread/rolls. Add a sprinkle of kosher salt.
  8. Bake. Bake bread in a preheated 400 degree oven, until done, approximately 25 minutes. The bottoms should be slightly browned, and the tops a nice golden brown. Remove bread to a cooling rack.

Storing Tip: This bread is best fresh the first day! It can be stored in airtight bags on counter for 2-3 days.

Freezing Tip: You can freeze this bread in freezer bags for up to three months.

The bubbly yeast mixture inside my bread mixer.

This Bosch Universal Mixer is the bomb of bread mixers! My Mom had one sitting on her counter for as long as I can remember. She used it so often that she literally wore the first one out and bought a second one after she and Dad moved into an apartment. Mike bought me one for Mother’s Day several years ago and I love it. It doesn’t do the work FOR you, but it can handle a lot of bread making (speaking from experience!) and the lid prevents the dough from falling out of the mixer when making large batches of bread. However, a KitchenAid mixer with a dough hook works great too, OR make it by hand. 

These are my favorite bread pans for this recipe: (Affiliate Links)

  1. Non-Stick Perforated French Bread Pan – makes 2 larger loaves.
  2. Non-Stick Perforated Baguette Pan – makes 3 smaller loaves.
  3. 16-3/4 by 12-Inch Jelly-Roll Pan, Set of 2 – great for buns or flatter loaves.
Side shot of a glass bowl of bread dough that is risen u high over the bowl.
Overhead shot of ready to bake French bread in pans.

Some tips for making epic French bread.

  1. When you add the warm water to the yeast, sugar, and salt – be careful to use WARM water, not hot. If the water is too hot, the yeast will disappear and you can’t make bread without yeast. Also, do not use cool water because it won’t activate the yeast.
  2. Don’t add all the flour at once because every baking day is different. Some days you will need a bit more flour and some days, you will need less.
  3. The dough shouldn’t be overly sticky when ready. It should bounce back slightly to the touch. Over time, you will learn exactly how much flour is needed to make the ultimate french bread.
  4. Be sure to use an egg wash before baking. This is what gives the bread a nice golden color.
  5. When done, the bottom of the bread should be slightly brown and crunchy, and the top, a nice golden brown.
My hand holding a large loaf of Chewy French bread.

Here’s a few recipes that incorporate this bread in an amazing way:

My hand holding a small loaf of French bread, overtop some other loafs.

Please let know if you try this recipe. Be sure to comment and leave a review on the blog so I can see what you think. You can also like my Facebook Page, follow me on Pinterest, and catch me on Instagram.

xoxo ~Sue

Overhead shot of two large loafs of baked Chewy French bread, on a cooling rack.

Chewy French Bread

A chewy and versatile bread, great for dipping in soup, as a sandwich, or just eating with a pat of butter!
4.84 from 73 votes
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Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: 5 ingredient bread, chewy bread, french bread
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 20 slices
Calories: 116kcal
Author: Sue Ringsdorf

Ingredients

  • 1 Tablespoon yeast – I use Red Star
  • 1 Tablespoon white sugar
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 2 1/2 cups warm water – not hot, not cold!
  • 5-6 cups all-purpose flour – or until right consistency

Instructions

  • In large standing mixer, combine the yeast, sugar, salt, and warm water. Be careful to use warm water, not hot.
  • Mix and let sit for about 15 minutes to get the yeast working.
  • Gradually add 5-6 cups flour until you get just the right consistency. You want the dough to be soft but not too sticky.
  • Grease a large bowl with canola oil and add the dough. Punch the dough down into a nice smooth ball. Cover with a clean dishtowel and set it in a warm corner of your kitchen.
  • Let the dough rise until doubled in size. Punch down and smooth it out, and let it rise again.
  • Form into two large oblong shapes (or you can make several smaller loaves or even buns). Place on a large greased cookie sheet or on a French bread pan. Cover with a towel and let rise again, about 30-40 minutes.
  • Cut slits on top of loaves with scissors or serrated knife. Mix one egg white and 1/2 teaspoon salt and brush this mixture on top of the loaves.
  • Bake on 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until bottom is slightly brown and crunchy, and top is nice and golden brown. Remove and let cool on baking rack.

Video

Notes

  1. Using warm water will activate the yeast mixture. After about 10-15 minutes, it should be foamy.
  2. Add flour until you get the right consistency. It should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle.
  3. The dough will rise differently each time you make it, depending on the temperature/humidity inside and outside your house.
  4. Different climates also affect how fast dough rises. In Texas, my dough rises pretty quickly due to more heat and humidity.
  5. This bread makes a terrific Beef Au Jus Sandwich or Pulled Pork Sandwich. My recipes can be found at suebeehomemaker.com. Just search in the sidebar.
Storing Tip: This bread is best fresh the first day! It can be stored in airtight bags on counter for 2-3 days.
Freezing Tip: You can freeze this bread in freezer bags for up to three months.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 116kcal | Carbohydrates: 24g | Protein: 3g | Sodium: 233mg | Potassium: 35mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1.5mg

155 Comments

  1. LOVE this recipe!!! Instead of 2 1/2 cups of water I use 2 cups water 1/2 cup of buttermilk to give it that little twang French bread has! Ive also used a tsp of lemon juice too instead of buttermilk.
    I’ve experimented with half whole wheat and half regular flour – but I added a tablespoon of vital wheat gluten ( vital wheat is best when used with lower gluten flours ie: rye, whole wheat ect) If you use these type of flours do not expect the same results) I also I do 3- 30 minute rise’s – FYI if your bread is turning out flat you may be letting it rise too long and blowing out your yeast!!
    I use my kitchenaid and knead the dough on medium for approx 5-6 minutes or until I hear the dough slapping on the sides! Good luck!! I will make this for YEARS!! TY

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Missy! Thanks for sharing these variations! 🙂

  2. richard tate says:

    Very good bread. Has the exact texture and taste I was looking for. Hard crust and tender, but chewy inside. I had to add a little more flour that what you called for. I also used bread flour. Maybe it turned out so good because I am in central Texas. 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad, Richard! We do make great bread here in Texas! 🙂

  3. Amadito Gerolaga says:

    how many minutes in the second rise/

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I don’t know how many minutes because it depends on many factors. When the dough is almost doubled in size, you are good to go.

  4. Can this recipe be used in a bread machine?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Michelle. I have never used a bread machine so I have no idea if that would work.

  5. judith judge says:

    i have two french bread pans and the last tiem i amde bread on it the loafs stuck should i spray or grease

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yes, spray the pan before baking!

  6. Scott Zukowski says:

    Great job! (Though I personally love to use King Arthur Bread Flour (12.7 % gluten forming protein content), or, their Artisan bread flour (airy/chewy/open crumb), and, even at times, will add a pinch of non-diastatic malt powder for that extra “something”.

    My question to you (or your follower’s) is: Has anyone tried to make a par-baked version of this bread? To be frozen and used in the future to complete the baking process? (Hot pan of water in the lower oven and, periodically misting the loads with a water bottle, for crunchy crust.)

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’ve never tried this, but interested as well. Please follow up if you have success with that method!

  7. Hi! LOVE this recipe but I’d like to save some of the dough for when it’s ready to be baked, at what point should I freeze this? After the first rise or after they are formed into rolls?

    These were so good straight out of the oven! Crispy outside but soft on the inside and amazing.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I think I would freeze after the second rise. No need to form into rolls because you’ll probably have to reform them. Good luck!

  8. Mike Palmer says:

    HELP!! I have tried making this recipe three times. I get the dough to rise to double size in the first rise. Then I form the dough into a rectangle on a floured cutting board and roll it out to about 1/2 – 3/8 inch thick, then roll it length wise into a roll and place it on a bread pan and let rise again, Even though it rises the second time,, it tends to flatten out!! How do i prevent this? I let the flattened loaf rise, then bake. I do not knead the dough between the first and second rise; Should I knead? AM I using enough yeast, enough flour? I’m using 1 packet of yeast per 2 1/2 cups flour. Is tht enough? I having a hard time adjusting the temperature of the rising dough to 90 F! I am preheating the oven to about 250 and letting the first and second risings set on top of the warm stove, I keep my home at 71 F. Could I just let the dough rise longer at that temperature:? Please help! I also would like to know how to get the chewy crust, but a soft smooth center. Any suggestions on adjusting the recipe or preparation to achieve that! Thanks,

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Mike. I have a French bread pan linked on the recipe post that works great for getting nice round loafs of bread. Highly recommend. Between rises, I punch down the dough. – So make the dough, let rise, punch down to form a round dough, let rise, punch down again, form into loafs, let rise again in pan, and then bake. Don’t forget to brush the tops of the bread with an egg wash to get that nice golden, chewy crust.

  9. Easy to follow recipe. Beautiful bread.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much!

  10. Worked well, just watch the flour not to much.
    It needed a another few minutes of baking.
    If not using a pan it flattened out quite a bit.

  11. Suzy Sheriff says:

    I am making bread for the first time in over 30 years, and the first time with a mixer. Approximately how long should I let the mixer knead the bread?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Once you get the right amount of flour added in (this will take awhile), just let the mixer run for a few more minutes. Good luck!

  12. I just made this bread to go with a pot roast in an icy cold day. I used bread flour and mixed by hand. I only needed 5 cups. Instead of mixing salt into the egg white I sprinkled some over the glazed loaves. Came out great! Thank you.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread, Angel! Thanks for your feedback!

  13. Jennifer N Cook says:

    Yum! Fun, easy bread. I need to practice shaping, but one recipe made four healthy sized loaves.
    I put two in the freezer for later.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Jennifer! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread. we love it too!

  14. Well, this is one of the best bread recipes that I’ve ever tried! I cut the recipe in half and I used my bread machine. It was a bit of a challenge in regards to adding flour. I added about a cup more than what the recipe called for. The end result was EXACTLY what I wanted….crispy crust and pillowy interior….Mmmmm! I think I will do it by hand. I don’t like using my mixer to make bread.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s wonderful to hear! Thanks!

  15. Very niceeee…do you think I can do the dough in the bread machine?
    Thx Pat

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I don’t have a bread machine and so have not tried to make the recipe that way. Please let me know if you give it a try.

  16. Reina Alfonso says:

    I love this recipe first time making it and my bread turned out delicious, my rising time is quite fast in fact the first rise took 45 minutes, the dough was more than doubled, second rise took 40 minutes and third was 1/2 hour, my place is warm no surprise there. I didn’t use salt on top just the egg wash, my husband wanted sesame seeds on top so I did sprinkle some. The taste of this bread is delicious thank you for this perfect recipe!!!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much for your feedback, Reina! 🙂

  17. Alyssa Carter says:

    This recipe is amazing! This was my first time making it. The key is… add the flour slowly. I added mine 1/4 cup at a time, ended up adding 5 1/2 cups. The dough slowly came together to a beautiful, elastic soft dough. A bit sticky, but with oiled hands it was easy to work with. I love that there is no “kneading” step; the mixer does the work for you! It smells amazing and cooked so much better than previous French bread recipes I have tried. This will be my go to!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Alyssa! Thank you so much for your feedback! I’m so happy you found your go-to recipe. 🙂

  18. THE best & easy bread recipe ever!! Nothing beats Suebees Chewy French bread!!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Ahhh thank you, Tiffany! I’m so glad you are enjoying it! 🙂

  19. I made this French bread recipe today and it turned out well. Wonderful, chewy crust. I used bread flour and a double loaf bread pan.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much for the review, Jane!

  20. I tried three other bread recipes to no avail. I tried this recipe this morning. Cut in half to make rolls. They turned out PERFECT! Thank you so much for sharing. Finally found a recipe that turned out like my grandmother’s rolls.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Judith! I’m so happy you found THE recipe. It’s one of our favorites too!

  21. Ari Elmore says:

    I made this but it turned out more crispy than chewy, it also didn’t get very golden and stayed pretty pale. Do you have an suggestions on how I could improve/fix it next time?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Is your oven temperature pretty consistent? Sounds like that might be the issue. Maybe try baking it at 425 instead of 400, assuming your oven runs cool.

  22. Justine cho says:

    Best homemade bread recipe.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Justine!

  23. Absolutely amazing! I made it using two bread pan and it was perfect!!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Jenny. I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread! It’s one of my favs. 🙂

  24. Hi, this looks awesome! So it’s mixed and has risen. Now I punch it down again, then form loaves to rise? Like 2 punch downs and one loaf rise? Just making sure. Thanks!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Susan, You’ll need to let it rise again, and THEN form loaves. Then let them rise and bake. Good luck!

  25. Erika Melissa Da Silva says:

    I made this- and man. I’m never buying grocery store bread again! It’s sooooo delicious, so chewy! And so easy to follow!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thanks so much Erika! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread!

  26. First time making bread- how long do we mix it in the stand mixer? Mine is super sticky and I’ve already added all of the flour…help!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      If your dough is still too sticky, add more flour very slowly. You may have added too much liquid, but I can’t be sure.

      1. vivienne vasquez-mills says:

        I’ve baked bread several times before without problems except it was a lot thicker than I liked. I tried your recipe but it was a bust. The dough was a lot stickier than shown in your video, and maybe that’s what I did wrong. I have a Kitchen Aid mixer and thought I followed the directions to a tee including adding 6 cups of flour. Oh, it is rather cold and damp these days. Maybe that was it.

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          If you read my tips and tricks on the blog, you’ll see that you need to add the flour slowly. Don’t use 6 cups of flour unless the dough needs it – you may need closer to 5 cups. Add the last bit in slowly, and test the dough for stickiness along the way. I’m guessing that the problem was that you didn’t need all six cups of flour.

  27. Baking this French bread for second time. This time I have the wave bread pan which arrived today. About to put in the oven for supper tonight. Boeuf bourguignon will be its accompaniment.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Sounds like a fantastic dinner, Marty! So glad you are enjoying the bread. 🙂

  28. Hi! This bread is amazing! I’ve made is many times. I want to make the dough today and bake it tomorrow. At what point do I put the dough in the refrigerator?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’d put the dough in the refrigerator after you punch it down the second time. Cover it with some cling wrap, and then take it out the next day a couple of hours before you want to bake it. Good luck Lauren!

  29. Can’t wait to try this again. My first attempt was too sticky, but I was afraid to add too much flour. Cold rainy day. My loaves were ugly because they flattened out too much and weren’t smooth. But, boy, did they taste great! My family gobbled them up. Next time I’ll improve.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Georgia! The more you make them, the better you’ll get at determining the right amount of flour. So glad you enjoyed the bread, and thanks for your feedback!

  30. Can this be used with rapid rise yeast instead? If so, how much should I used and in which step would I add it? I’m a newbie to bread making 🙂

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Jenny. You can use rapid rise yeast, but will need slightly less (about 25% less). As far as the process, you don’t need to activate it as it’s already to go as it is. So I think I would just use the same steps as listed, but there is no need to wait for the yeast to bubble up. Just proceed with adding the other ingredients. Good luck, and please let me know how it turns out for you!

  31. I made this and it was SO good. Best bread recipe we have ever made.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you Michael! I really appreciate your feedback, and am so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  32. Can I use bread flour instead of all-purpose? If so, how drastically will the texture change?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Ava. I’ve never tried bread flour, but I think it will work well. The texture will most likely be even chewier. Let me know how it goes!

  33. Kris Lueck says:

    Turned out great!!! It was as tasty as it was gorgeous!!! My husband told he this was my BEST bread-making success to date!!! ?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Kris! I’m so glad that you enjoyed the bread so much. It’s one of our favorites too! 🙂

  34. I wanted to bake bread for the first time. I chose this recipe to start with and it turned out great!!!!
    My family gave it 5 stars.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That’s great news, Tanell! I’m so glad you are now a bread baker! 🙂

  35. Bonnie J Few says:

    Is it possible to make the dough in bulk or advance and refrigerate or freeze for future use?! New to baking! My mother in law does this with pie dough.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Bonnie. You can place the dough in the refrigerator for a day or so to stall it. I’ve never actually frozen the dough though. You can definitely bake the bread and freeze it afterward, however. Good luck to you!

  36. rebecca schmorr says:

    -i made this two days ago and both loaves were GONE in 24 hours. my kids say it’s the best bread i’ve ever baked and admonished me to not lose the recipe 🙂
    -making another batch today. thanks so much!
    ps i did use bread flour (king arthur) bc i had it but otherwise followed instructions exactly

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Rebecca! I’m so happy your kids loved the bread! Thank you so much for sharing. 🙂

  37. Queentangy says:

    Very nice and chewy

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much! I really appreciate your feedback. 🙂

  38. Nicolette says:

    Amazing!! Going into my permanent collection. You’ll never need to buy grocery store French bread again! Thanks for sharing it with us!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That is wonderful news, Nicolette! I’m so happy you enjoyed the French bread! 🙂

  39. Hi Sue! I stumbled upon your recipe and am excited to try it soon! We are going to follow this one to a T, but I have a high gluten flour I’m wanting to experiment with. Would it be wise to substitute the whole 4 cups with this flour or a 1/2 and 1/2 ratio? Baking breads are completely new to me, but we are looking for a crusty bread/roll that will be perfect for steak hoagies or something we can easily rip off and dunk in some yummy oil. We are looking forward to trying a ton more of your recipes!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Sherry, I would definitely start with a 50/50 ratio to see if that works first. Then you could alter it more the next time. Good luck and please let me know how it turns out! 🙂

    2. What if you don’t have a stand mixer?

      1. Suebee Homemaker says:

        Hi Stacey. You CAN make this recipe by hand. I haven’t done this, but here is what I’d do. Combine the yeast, sugar, and warm water in a small bowl, and stir. Let it sit to activate. Place about half of the flour and the salt in another larger bowl. When yeast is activated, pour it into the bowl with the flour, and use a spoon to stir to combine. Then add more flour gradually. You will have to eventually dump the mixture onto your countertop (that is prepared with a dusting of flour). Then start using your hands to kneed the dough, adding more flour until you have a nice consistency. The dough should be slightly sticky, but easy to handle. I really hope that helps! Please don’t hesitate to reach out for more help. You can also email me at sue@suebeehomemaker.com. I’m happy to assist you!

  40. cassandra l. Salmons says:

    This is my go to recipe. Turns out perfect Everytime. I have probably made this 20+ times.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Cassandra. I’m so glad you are enjoying this French bread recipe. Turns out beautifully every time! 🙂

  41. You don’t need the big fancy mixer I did it in a bowl by hand and worked out beautifully

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Very true. You can always make bread by hand. I use the Bosch, because that’s what my mom used and this is her recipe.

  42. I’m not an excellent baker and haven’t made fresh bread for over 25 years. But this was such a great recipe that even I was able to succeed at it! I used quick rise yeast, and per my daughter’s request, added cheese in the center of small rolls. Yummy… So delicious! Thank you!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Hanh! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread. It’s a perfect one for beginner bakers! Thanks for your feedback. 🙂

  43. How long do you kneed the dough? I’m wining it this time but if you could give an approximate that would be awesome!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Diana. You should knead the dough until the flour is completely absorbed and the dough starts to form a ball (if using a mixer). If using a mixer, it should only take 15-20 minutes. If doing it by hand, I’m not sure. Go by feel instead.

  44. I don’t have enough words to say how AMAZING this recipe is. So perfect. I’m not a great baker by any means and these loafs turned out incredible. Adding this recipe to my cookbooks. Thank you for sharing!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Katie! Thank you so much for letting me know that you enjoyed the bread. I really appreciate it! 🙂

  45. Lori Roskam says:

    Super easy and delicious ?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Lori! Thanks so much. I’m glad you tried the bread, and I appreciate your feedback! 🙂

  46. Magpie006 says:

    Great recipe! I followed the directions to a T and they came out wonderfully. I gave this to my fiancee and even he could make this for me at a later date. Garlic bread here we come!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Yay! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread. You can use it for so many things!

  47. I’m pretty much the worst at making bread, and I’ve tried so, so many times. It has always come out bitter and yeasty, or tough, or dense, or bland, so I’m THRILLED to say this recipe came out perfectly. The flavor is awesome, the crumb is soft and pillowy, and the crust is perfectly thin and golden and just the right level of crispy and chewy.

    Thank you so much for sharing your recipe! I no longer feel like a dough dunce.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh thank you, Sulota! This is a special recipe for me, passed on to me from my dear mother. I’m so happy that you enjoyed it! 🙂

  48. Tayla List says:

    Can you use instant dry yeast? If so you you still use the sugar and warm water and let sit???

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You can use instant dry yeast, but there is no need to let it sit in warm water to proof. Hope that helps!

  49. This turned out beautiful!!! I did forget the egg wash lol but still was amazing.. I am definitely keeping this recipe. I have used a lot of different ones the last year, and this is a keeper. Thank you for sharing.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Cassi! I’m so glad you enjoyed the bread recipe! It’s a favorite of mine too. ?

  50. The perfect, moist yet firm bread recipe I was searching for!

    Before forming the loaves I added fresh parsley, parmesean and garlic with salt to the mix and then let them rise before putting them in the oven. It was amazing.

    Thank you!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      That sounds truly amazing, Kat! Thanks so much for sharing! ?

  51. Recipe works good. Used 2 cups of whole wheat flour. Is that why it might’ve come out heavier

    Not a lot a holes

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad you liked it, Rob! Using whole wheat flour may definitely weigh the bread down more.

  52. Patricia Thomson says:

    This is a DREAM COME TRUE recipe for me…I thank you a thousand times! I am blessed to have found it…and YOU! and it is the most delicious French bread my whole family has tasted!
    There’s a whole story behind my comments, but for now, know that I consider this recipe a treasure. I’m hooked!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you SO much Patricia! Your sweet review just made my day. Would love to hear more about your story, when you have time. 🙂

  53. Linda D Standow says:

    This bread was REALLY good! I made it exactly as written, and turned it into small loaves and biscuit size bread. It did not last! Yum!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you so much Linda! I’m so glad you enjoyed it. 🙂

  54. Oh. My. Gosh. I love baking bread and this is one of the best that I’ve made it a long time. I wish I would’ve made two batches because just out of the oven and a loaf is already gone between using it for toasted sandwiches, sliced and drizzled with olive oil and broiled for dipping for French onion soup. This is going to be a stand by. Thank you for sharing. YUM!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Rachel! I’m SO glad you enjoyed my recipe! Thanks for your sweet feedback. 🙂

  55. Will LEWIS says:

    May I call you Sue? This is a wonderful recipe. Worked perfect the first time! I have been looking for sometime bless you for being secure and confident enough to share. You are blessed so is your happy family. ThAnks so much. Will

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Will! Yes, please call me Sue. 🙂 Thanks for your sweet comments, and I’m so happy that you enjoyed my recipe! 🙂

  56. Sue’s bread is amazing and I love this recipe. Pretty cool that it has stayed in the family and now shared with everyone. To me, homemade bread is special and I love to have it will special family gatherings. I must admit that I am spoiled and will now only eat bread from a recipe from Sue! Hard to believe, but the bread freezes awesome so take advantage of that. Obviously, it takes time to make bread so using your freezer is a great way to make it last longer.

  57. Jann Elaine says:

    Made this last night. It turned out beautifully, however, as not all of us use fancy kitchen appliances I was rather aghast when there was no amount of kneading (by hand) time required. Fortunately I just used the window-pane test, but I think the recipe would be much improved if some info of this sort was added. Thanks!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      If you use a mixer (it’s not necessary to use a Bosch), you don’t have to kneed this recipe by hand. I’m a self-taught cook, and this is my sweet mom’s recipe (who used her beloved mixer all the time). I’m glad it turned out for you anyway, Jann!

  58. Louise Nelson says:

    This chewy french bread recipe was awesome! It was easy to follow and make. We loved it. Its a keeper.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Glad you enjoyed it Louise! Thanks so much for your feedback. 🙂

  59. Can i please use my kitchen aid artisan stand mixer with the dough hook attachment
    to make this Chewy French bread recipe. since i received it as a present this past Christmas
    i really want to use it to make homemade bread also. no other type of bread recipe will do
    it has to be made in my kitchen aid artisan stand mixer using the dough hook attachment.
    please let me know really soon. i am writing all of my recipes off of pinterest .
    i have already deleted one because it did not offer in the bloggers directions anything about using a stand mixer with a dough hook attachment.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You most definitely can use your KitchenAid mixer! Good luck!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      You’ll use oil to grease the bowl, and on your hands to punch the bread down. That’s all. I hope you try it, Patricia!

  60. Dad from Iowa says:

    Very nice result! I have to admit that I have a tried and true recipe for white bread and was very reluctant to try this. I was looking for something more chewy, yet crunchier as well. This was it! I made 6 small loaves and the family loved it. This recipe has already replaced my go-to. Your “qualifiers and disclaimers” section was very convincing lol.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hello, and I’m so glad you enjoyed my French bread recipe! My mom made it best, but I’m happy to share it with you. 🙂

  61. If you make dinner size rolls with the dough do you still bake it for 24 minutes or is it less time?

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      It depends on your oven and the pans you use. Bake it until the tops are nice and golden – and the bottoms should be slightly browned. I hope that helps, Julie!

  62. Emilio Barrios says:

    Hello Sue I am from Guatemala in Central America and did it with fresh yeast, results where amazing, and now the only problem is that my family wants bread every week.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Emilio!! Thank you for your feedback, and I’m glad you and your family enjoyed it so much! 🙂

  63. terrel bourgeois says:

    When you say “let it rise again”, you do not say for how long.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Terrel! You should let it rise again until it almost doubles in size. As to for how long, it just depends on many factors. For me, in Texas, it’s usually about 30-45 minutes. But our weather is normally warm and more humid – and that makes it rise faster. Good luck!

  64. Nina Naira says:

    Very delicious recipe. This is my favorite dish. I make it mostly for breakfast. When I prepared this recipe I used dry yeast mixed into my ingredients, this makes it more delicious and tasty.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m glad you like it Nina! Enjoy! 🙂

  65. I’m getting ready to make a double batch of this bread.
    It turned out beautifully the first time and yes it freezes well.
    It’s been very to have a loaf with dinner whenever we want.
    Very tasty:)

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Lisa!! I’m so happy that you are enjoying the french bread. I need to make it again as well!! Thanks for your sweet comments. 🙂

  66. I love this bread so much! I made it last month and I’m making it again today. It’s so perfect with soup or toasted with eggs or just buttered. Tonight I’m serving it with turkey meatloaf and whipped sweet potatoes. I believe sugar helps yeast to rise, I use it in all my breads. This recipe is absolutely perfect!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Thank you for your sweet comments, Crissy! I’m so glad you are enjoying it. It’s one of my favorites too!

  67. Heather M. Last Whipple says:

    why sugar. I do not think this is supposed to be a sweet bread. so do I absolutely have to add sugar to this? these look good but can I just omit / leave out the sugar entirely? please let me know

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Hi Heather. This is my mom’s recipe and she used sugar. It is a very tiny amount and WILL make a difference in the taste. The sugar helps to activate the yeast and makes it chewy, so it is necessary in this recipe.

      1. The sugar is what helps get the yeast working

  68. Thank you for the detailed instructions it made this easier…loved it thank you and your sweet mom

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m so glad, Mary!! Enjoy the bread!! 🙂

  69. Mary Lynn says:

    Great recipe and directions. I made this today as my first ever attempt at making bread, and it turned out wonderfully. I will be making this again.

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh great! So glad you enjoyed it!! 🙂

  70. Sue (Kollasch) Jenkins says:

    Trying this today using my new Chicago Metallic Bread Pan that I ordered using your link! I’m not necessarily the best baker and would love to see some photos to see what your dough looks like at each step if you would be so kind. Thanks Sue!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      I’m actually in Iowa but will gladly start showing more details in my upcoming recipes!! Good luck and just fb message me if u have any questions Sue!! ?

      1. I know this is old but “Go Iowa” lol. I live in IA. I am trying out your recipe tonight with whole wheat pastry flour and I’m letting it rise once. I split the recipe in half, and then I split the dough into 8 equalish portions and put them into one of those mini loaf pan pans (8 rectangles). I’m trying to make a copycat recipe of the party sized bread that Pepperidge farm sells, except a more neutral flavor, and without oil for school lunches. Jewish rye doesnt pair well with PB &J LOL. I hope it will slice well. I have never been able to find a bread recipe that doesn’t fall apart when I am slicing it. Thanks for the recipe, I will let you know if it turns out!

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Sounds awesome! Can’t wait to hear about the results!

    1. Suebee Homemaker says:

      Oh thank you Joshie! 🙂

      1. Started making bread fairly recently. This bread is the easies and the best tasting. Pretty much all I make now 🙂
        Love your sons coment LOL

        1. Suebee Homemaker says:

          Hi Joe! I’m so glad you enjoyed the French bread! And I’m impressed that you made it all the way down to my son’s comment. 🙂

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