Simple French Loaf


  • 1 1/2 cups warm water (not hot, but about the temperature of a nice bath)
  • 1 tbsp honey (3/4 if using pure honey. Feel free to substitute in sugar if you do not eat honey)
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tbsp Active Dry Yeast
  • 3 1/2+ cups all-purpose flour


  1. Mix together the water, honey, salt, and yeast. Let sit for 5-10 minutes until bubbles form on the surface
  2. Add flour and incorporate until no longer sticky. If you are going to add in garlic powder, add it to the flour and mix before incorporating. Incorporate fresh ingredients or extras (olives, minced onion, etc.) after incorporating the flour. Make sure the dough “bounces back” if poked.
  3. Allow the dough to rest for 20-40 minutes
  4. Form the dough into a load. Allow to bake for approximately 20 minutes, until the bottom is solid when knocked on [Note: if adding a wet mix-in, such as olives, the baking time may increase]