Crusty French Bread Recipe-no knead

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This bread is so fast and easy to make. No kneading, a great starter bread for anyone wanting to get into homemade bread baking!

I stumbled on this recipe while looking for a fast bread to use for Fondue.

Hubby and I love fondue but haven’t had it in years.

And we own 2 fondue pots.
And 3 different fondue cookbooks.

I really don’t know why it’s been so long. It’s not hard to make.
And all those fresh veggies, dipped in that warm, gooey, cheese, there’s nothing better.
The kids are all old enough to dip for themselves, no double dipping allowed, so I can enjoy just feeding myself.

Can’t wait to introduce them to chocolate fondue next!

Crusty French Bread
adapted from Taste of Home

1 package active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water, divided
1 tablespoon sugar
2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon shortening, melted (or butter or olive oil)
4-5 cups all purpose flour

Combine yeast and 1/2 cup warm water in mixing bowl, stir till yeast is dissolved.

Add sugar, shortening, remaining water and 2 cup of flour.  (If you scoop flour into your measuring cup instead of dipping measuring cup into your flour, you will get a more accurate measurement. Breads, cakes and cookies will be lighter.)

Mix till blended, I used the paddle attachment on my mixer. Add salt and 2 more cups of flour, mix again till combined. Add more flour till a soft dough ball forms.

Remove paddle from mixer and cover bowl to rise for about an hour, until doubled in size.

Remove dough from bowl onto floured surface and divide into two pieces.

let dough rest for 10 minutes.

Roll each piece into a rectangle and roll from long side into a log.

Tuck ends under and place seam side down on a greased tray dusted with corn meal.

Cover loaves with dish cloth and let rise till doubled in size.

Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Place 2-3 slits in tops of loaves with a sharp knife.

Bake for 20-30 minutes until golden and when thumped it sounds hollow. Remove to racks to cool completely or let rest for 10 minutes and serve warm.

This bread was perfect for the fondue. 
We’ve also had it with spaghetti and it makes the perfect lunch.

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About Joan Hayes

Mom to 3 teens, sweets and travel are her passions. Joan really does love her chocolate. She has a secret stash she hides from the kids and she has at least one bite of something chocolatey every day. She creates easy recipes any skill level can achieve to satisfy the sweet tooth in everyone!


  1. That loaf of bread looks delicious. There is nothing like homemade bread fresh out of the oven.

  2. I would love to try this. Your first paragraph is about me. I used to have a fear of yeast, but recently mastered pizza dough. I think I will be ready to move on to bread sometime soon. This looks like a great starter recipe.

  3. I definitely have to start making homemade bread! This looks really good! Thanks for sharing at Dwell on Friday!

  4. Joan
    Your recipe looks very similar to the one I use. I found it at TOH.

    Must love crusty french bread that is easy to make!

    Enjoy your weekend.

  5. Yummy I love fondue as well. And this bread looks amazing… Thanks so much for sharing

  6. oh golly, think I may have to try this recipe also. warm hot bread nothing better…..andi

  7. Yes, I want this bread! I’ll have to make it soon. Thank you so much for the recipe Sweets! <3 and hugs!

  8. Thank you for sharing your beautiful bread loaf on Fit and Fabulous Fridays!! Come back again! 🙂

  9. Success! I am keeping this recipe. I can say that I have successfully made a crusty bread! Thanks for sharing this and the new one you posted today 🙂

  10. do i need to use a mixer to make this dough? i dont have a kitchen aid:(
    also i would love to make a bunch and freeze it before baking. would you freeze it before letting it rise?

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