French Bread by Traditional Yeast Method (no bread machine) Recipe

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53 mins (prep 35, cooking 18)
6 ingredients
12 servings
Experimenting with several ways to get a good loaf of French bread without using my bread machine, I am ready to share this version over all I tried. It has a chewy crust and a beautiful fine grain. While my bread machine version (see "Useful Links" below) takes only about 5 minutes of active chef time, this recipe requires perhaps 35 minutes in measuring, kneading, shaping and cleanup. It’s a good one for a day you’ll be at home several hours doing chores, and can keep an eye on the proofing (raising) time of the dough. To feed a crowd or take to a pot luck, I’d resort to the bread machine recipe linked here. But for a beautiful impressive loaf of French bread for a special dinner, I’d take time to make it this way. This recipe makes a one-pound loaf of bread, 12 to 16 slices. Double if you have many mouths to feed. (P.S. If you have an electric mixer it will shorten the mixing time of the first sponge dough-making step considerably. Better yet, if you have a heavy duty stand mixer with a dough hook, you can make short order of the kneading labor required in the second dough-making step. It will cut the active chef time to half or less.)

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Serving Size (11.45 g)
Servings 12
Amount per Serving
Calories 39.54 Calories from Fat 1.26
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.14g 2.59%
Saturated Fat 0.02g 1.27%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 145.81mg 72.9%
Total Carbohydrate 8.16g 32.62%
Dietary Fiber 0.42 g 19.96%
Sugars 0.03 g %
Protein 1.28g 30.68%
Vitamin A 0.21IU% Vitamin C 0.0mg%
Calcium 1.8mg% Iron 0.5mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
very warm water, bread flour


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