easy whole wheat french bread


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Nutritional Info
  • Servings Per Recipe: 30
  • Amount Per Serving
  • Calories: 145.5
  • Total Fat: 2.8 g
  • Cholesterol: 0.0 mg
  • Sodium: 278.6 mg
  • Total Carbs: 27.0 g
  • Dietary Fiber: 2.0 g
  • Protein: 4.0 g

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I'm not normally a home-made bread person--I don't have the patience! But this recipe always works and is sooo delicious and easy! I'm not normally a home-made bread person--I don't have the patience! But this recipe always works and is sooo delicious and easy!
Number of Servings: 30


    2 1/2 C warm water
    3 Tbs sugar
    2 Tbs yeast
    6 Cups flour (I do half white/half wheat)
    1 Tbs salt
    5 Tbs olive oil (vege oil works too)


In large bowl, combine warm water and sugar. Stir in yeast and let sit for 5 min. Add salt, oil, and 3 C. flour. Beat well. Add remaining flour, stir well. Leave spoon in batter and allow to rest 10 minutes. Stir down with spoon and allow to rest 10 minutes again, repeating process 5 times (I'm not very good at following this exactly. Sometimes I do it 3 times, sometimes 6, and sometimes 5 minutes in between, sometimes 15. So far I haven't been able to mess it up!).

Turn dough onto floured counter or board and knead 2-3 times to coat with flour. Divide dough into 2 pieces.

Roll each piece flat into a rectangle, then roll up to make a long loaf. Put on large baking sheet sprayed with nonstick cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal (optional but yummy!). Slash top of bread and brush with beaten egg white. Allow to rise at least 30 minutes. (I usually leave mine for 3 hours or so while I'm at church or running errands and they rise beautifully and huge!)

Bake at 400 degrees for 25-30 minutes or until slightly browned.

Unlike lots of bread recipes I've tried, this is great right out of the oven and still good cold several days later. My kids beg me to make this a few times a week. Don't let the prep time scare you. It only takes 5 minutes to combine the ingredients, then 20 seconds every 10 minutes for an hour while you're doing other things. Then just waiting for it to rise so it's really very easy.

This makes two huge loaves, and number of servings depends on how thick you slice it. I get 15 pieces out of each loaf and that's with nearly 1 inch. slices, so at 1 slice per serving, that's 30 servings. You could easily double that by slicing thinner.

Number of Servings: 30

Recipe submitted by SparkPeople user AMYLYNR.


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    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
    Unbelievably easy, and quite tasty. Used my Kitchenaid to save my elbows, and this bread made itself. My husband makes artisan breads which need to rest overnight, and he fusses with the oven and steam for the crust. This was not as amazing as his bread, but requires an order of magnitude less work. - 5/19/14

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    ARS!!!! - 3/14/15

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  • i have tried multiple recipes, and this one worked wonders and tastes amazing! I didn't have any sugar, but honey worked just as well, and I didn't have cornmeal, but I topped the bread with quick oats, and it adds a nice crunch. delicious, easy bread! will make again! - 1/7/13

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  • We loved this. - 10/21/12

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  • I made this with freshly milled whole wheat flour and it is hands down the best bread I have ever made. Instead of stirring by hand every ten minutes I just left the dough in the mixer and turned it on for a few seconds each time. The loaves spread out a bit wider than expected but still great! - 10/4/12

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  • This was so good. I was a little nervous about how it would come out but it was delicious. - 2/16/12

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  • Not a heavy whole wheat bread....liked by my whole family. made 2 really attractive loaves! - 1/18/12

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  • Really an awesome bread. I used less yeast and added leavening by use of a sponge I keep bubbling in the kitchen. - 11/6/11

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  • I've made this twice and have gotten great results. Tastes great with pesto, artichoke tampenade, or simple fruit spread - 9/29/11

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  • This was easy and good. - 7/17/11

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  • I can not wait to try this bread! Thanks for an easy recipe - 3/3/11

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  • My mother recently gave me this receipe using white flour only. Can't wait to try it with wheat! - 2/16/11

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  • wonderful. The center is spongy and awesome. - 1/2/11

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  • Let me just add to the "rave" reviews - this is 10 stars! (5 just isn't enough :-) This is SOOO easy and the best homemade bread our family has ever had! I also used the 1/2 white 1/2 whole wheat mixture and it's not heavy at all - 2/28/10

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  • I used the stirring/resting cycles on my usual bread recipe (instead of using my Vita-Mix), and it turned out great!

    Thanks so much for sharing this method! - 8/19/09

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  • Very easy and delicious! Thanks so much for sharing! - 3/2/09

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  • Great recipe! So easy and it taste great. The loaves were huge and very yummy, it was a big hit. Thank-you! - 2/25/09

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