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Your Basic French Bread Loaf

I started making bread at home when I was in the second year of college. My mother had massively youtubed her way through making it just a year back and taught me when she was visiting me in Bangalore.

My oven was relatively new back then and I was always so excited to use it at the smallest of opportunities. I remember when it was just a day old, I made 5 batches of cookies because I wanted to become perfect at it. I was still fairly new and I didn’t understand why they weren’t coming out perfect. Some of them tasted like cake, while some of them were like rocks. It turns out measurements are everything with baked goods and I cannot make it like something on top of stovetop that I could fix whenever I wanted to.  This is also a reason why I always find cooking easier than baking. Although I think I have the biggest sweet tooth, I struggle with everything sweet.

Now back to breads, this is a full proof recipe I have been using now for around three years. Also, remember to knead well and properly and put your dough to rise in a warm place.

Recipe for a Basic Bread Loaf


400g maida 5g salt 5g sugar 230ml water luke warm 10g instant yeast.

Egg wash 50g Melted butter


  1. Combine all ingredients

  2. Knead for 10 minutes till you get a windowpane. It should be pretty smooth and elastic.

  3. Cover with cling film or a wet cloth and leave it for 4 hours.

  4. Knead again.

  5. Leave it for another 3-4 hours in a proving basket. I don’t have one so I just put it in a cake pan or sometimes I just shape it into a ball and leave it on parchment paper.

  6. Heat up your oven to 180 degrees celsius

  7. Put some flour on your baking tray and place your bread on top.

  8. Make some cuts on your bread, I usually like making three slashes right in the middle.

  9. Add a glaze of egg wash and sprinkle in some sesame seeds on top, but that is optional. 

  10. Put a bowl of boiling water below in your oven to create steam.

  11. Pop in the bread for around 25-30 minutes.

  12. You can hear a hollow sound when it’s done or just use a toothpick.

  13. As soon as the bread comes out I like to immediately melt some butter and pour on top. This softens up the bread and smells delicious.

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