I have been on a French bread baking kick lately.  Living in such a rural area doesn’t give you the option of a bakery.  So for weeks I have been making my go-to recipe.  Then over the weekend I decided that I needed to try and make it One Rise French Bread.  Turning a bread recipe into a One Rise recipe makes it so much simpler because you get to skip an entire {lengthy} step.  It literally takes it from hours to make and takes it to just about an hour.  The recipe also makes 2 loaves.  I like to pop the second one in the freezer for later or gift it to a friend or family member.

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Here are some other One Rise bread recipes to try…One Rise Cinnamon Rolls and One Rise Crescent Rolls.

I served this French bread last week with Easy Lasagna Skillet and I have to say, the combination was pretty magical, in a carb loving sort of way.  My worry when skipping the first rise with bread dough is that is won’t be as light and soft as it normally would be.  No worries here, the texture is fabulous!

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Bringing the dough together is simple.  Even if you aren’t familiar with working with yeast, you will be able to make this.  It starts by blooming the yeast.  For this recipe you will want the Rapid Rise yeast.  This is what it will look like.

Then you add the other ingredients and flour.  It only take a few minutes before your dough is pulled together and looking like this.

One of the reasons we can make this dough so quickly is because we are going to use our oven as a proofer {a warm place to rise bread before baking}.  To achieve that you will want to turn the oven on to 200 degrees when you begin making the dough.  Before you start shaping the dough, turn the oven off.  Shape the dough into two loaves.

Then use a sharp knife and cut a few diagonal slits in the top of each loaf.  This allows the bread to expand during the rising and baking.

Cover the loaves with a towel and put into the warm oven to rise.

In about 15-20 minutes, remove the rising loaves of bread and turn the oven on to 375 degrees.  The bread will look like this when it has risen.

Once the oven is preheated, let the bread bake for 15-18 minutes or until it is golden brown.

I love serving it warm, with butter but there isn’t a bad way to eat this soft and delicious bread.  When you have time to make fresh bread on a work night then you know the recipe is simple.  I can’t wait for you to try this recipe for yourself.  It is definitely a keeper!

One Rise French Bread

Soft and delicious French Bread is made from start to finish in just about an hour by making it a one rise recipe.

Course Side Dish
Prep Time 45 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 2 loaves

Ingredients

  • 1 pkg rapid rise yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups warm water
  • 1 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 4-5 cups all-purpose flour
  • 3 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 egg yolk

Instructions

  1. Make your oven a proofer:  Turn you oven to 200 degrees.  Once it has reached that temperature, turn it off.

  2. Dough:  Combine yeast, sugar and warm water in large mixing bowl and let it stand for about 10 minutes or until bubbly.  Add salt, vegetable oil and egg yolk to yeast and mix together using paddle attachment or by hand.  Add flour 1 cup at a time {changing to dough hook if using a mixer} until the dough barely sticks to your bowl.  Continue to use your dough hook and "knead" for an additional 2-3 minutes or turn dough out onto floured surface and knead by hand for 2-3 minutes.

  3. Bread:  Once your dough is made.  Divide the dough in half and shape each half into long loaves.  Using a sharp knife, cut diagonal slits into the top of the bread {about 4}, being sure not to cut too deep.  Cover dough with a towel and put into the warm oven to rise for 15 minutes.

  4. Baking:  Once bread has risen for 15 minutes, remove it from the warm oven and turn the oven on to 375 degrees.  Once preheated, bake bread for 15-18 minutes or until bread is golden brown.  Serve warm.  Store at room temperature in a Ziploc bag for 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.

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