Bread Machine French Bread

Monday 12 December 2022


Bread Machine French Bread

I wanted to bake a loaf to take to my sister's today for supper. She is so kind and usually invites me for Sunday Supper.  I don't always like to go empty handed. (I popped this tasty loaf into the bread machine before I left for church this morning.)

This week I thought I would bake a loaf of bread to take. I had been eyeing this French Bread recipe in a book I have called The Bread Lover's Bread Machine Cookbook, by Beth Hensperger.  Every recipe I have tried from the book has been exceptional, although not always beautiful.

Bread Machine French Bread

Once again, this loaf was no exception. It was a bit ugly to look at, but I knew from the minute I laid my eyes on it that it was going to be an exceptional loaf, albeit not traditional looks-wise!

The crust was beautifully crisp and the bread itself felt as light as a feather.

Bread Machine French Bread

I just had to cut a slice from it to see what it looked on the inside. My sister won't mind. She is used to getting things from me with a slice or piece missing!  That's the hazards of being related to a food writer!!

As you can see it was beautiful.  It had a lovely tight texture and chewy crumb. Just what you would expect from a good French loaf!  I think the family will be well pleased!

If you would like all of my hints and tips on using your bread machine, do click here.  I share everything I know! I bake myself a fresh loaf of bread every week, sometimes twice a week.  That means of course, as a woman living on her own, I often have stale bread I need to use up!

Beneath the bread recipe you will find a number of ways to use up your stale loaf. No waste here! You can of course make croutons, but really there are a whole lot of delicious ways of using all your bread up.  I can highly recommend each of these recipes!

Yield: 1 medium loaf
Author: Marie Rayner
Bread Machine French Bread

Bread Machine French Bread

Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 4 HourTotal time: 4 H & 5 M
Crisp crust, nice volume, along with a closely grained, chewy texture. This is an excellent loaf with all of the characteristics of a traditional French loaf except for its shape.


  • 2 large free-range egg whites
  • 1 cup (240ml) water
  • 3 cups (408g) bread flour
  • 1 TBS vital wheat gluten
  • 2 tsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 1/2 tsp bread machine yeast


  1. Using an electric mixer, beat the egg whites until almost stiff and soft peaks are formed.
  2. Place everything into your bread machine according to the manufacturer's directions for your particular machine. (With mine the dry go first and the wet last). Add your egg whites in with your water. Make sure the salt does not touch the yeast.
  3. Basic or French cycle.
  4. Remove from the bread machine as soon as the baking cycle ends and immediately remove from the pan. Leave to cool to room temperature before slicing.
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