French Bread by Bread Machine Recipe

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This recipe requires the French Bread setting on my bread machine, best suited for bread doughs low in fat and sugar; this results in a crisp crust and coarse, chewy exterior. (It is similar to the Whole Wheat setting though not identical.....but just might work.) However if neither are available on your machine you could use the Dough setting and finish shaping and baking conventionally. If you don’t own a bread machine (!) I have posted a traditional yeast bread version of this recipe (see "Useful Links" below.

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Servings: 24 Servings


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  1. Place ingredients into bread machine pan in order recommended by manufacturer. Select 2-pound loaf and French Bread settings.
  2. Press “Start” and come back 4 hours later to enjoy your bread. I use a perforated bread bag to store loaves in to keep the crust crispy (see photo #3.) I just recycle ones I have from prior purchases of ciabatta rolls at the local bakery. Works for me!


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Nutrition Facts

Amount Per Serving %DV
Serving Size 26g
Recipe makes 24 servings
Calories 102  
Calories from Fat 14 14%
Total Fat 1.59g 2%
Saturated Fat 0.15g 1%
Trans Fat 0.01g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 146mg 6%
Potassium 31mg 1%
Total Carbs 18.42g 5%
Dietary Fiber 0.7g 2%
Sugars 0.43g 0%
Protein 3.09g 5%
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