This homemade bread recipe tastes like life at 10 years old --> all delicious & nostalgia-like.

This homemade bread recipe tastes like life at 10 years old –> all delicious & nostalgia-like.

Are you sitting down?  This is theeeeeee best homemade bread recipe.  The. Best.  It’s a staple in our home now and it’s delish. If you try to get me to buy bread in a store, we will need to talk. The bread recipe is waaaaaay simple to make.  It only takes 4 ingredients, and it’s no-fail perfection!


You’ll absolutely freak your face.

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

Living life in the slow lane

Baking bread just makes life feel good, doesn’t it?  Homemade bread tastes like life at 10 years old… all delicious & nostalgia-like.  It may sound strangely weird, but I find that if I have a tidy home, light some candles, bake some bread and top it off with the scent of essential oils in a room diffuser… well… everything wrong just feels right again.

I truly believe that when you quiet your mind and clear your space …. everything changes.  You think better.  You feel better.

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been inspired to live an unhurried life.

It is how I Design The Life I Want To Live.  See how I just threw those words in there? LOL.

Slowing down.

Appreciating the little things in life.

 It’s where it’s at.


French Bread Recipe

{   Bake bread.  Be domestic, dammit.  }

You could lock me in a cage for forever and just throw me the recipe link.  It’s that good.  The bread is fantastic with butter. and cheese. and olives. and wine. (times three)  I want it in my face right now.

I don’t know how else to describe this homemade bread recipe other than: !!!!!OMG OMG OMG!!!!!  

You’ll lose your marbles over it.

All my feelings are right up there ^^^^  In that bowl.  It’s theeeee easiest bread to make.

Uh ohh, Houston.  We have a problem.

The problem is, I can’t afford Le Creuset for my homemade bread recipe.   I have champagne taste and a soda pop pocket book.   Somewhere around $250, I lose consciousness.  I could maybe afford this Le Creuset fridge magnet.  Oddly enough, I do happen to have one Le Creuset in my kitchen.  Maybe I stole it?  *darts head back and forth looking for the po-po*  I truly forget how I acquired it. Hello menopause.  When you have a thought, set it free… it is going to disappear anyway.

If you can find Le Creuset on sale, or if you are independently wealthy with money trees in your backyard (in which case, you should invite me to your island home) … Le Creuset is ahhhhmazing.

I linked to alternative, more affordable dutch ovens here and at the bottom of this blog post.

This one is even on sale!!!!!!  <—- hOLA !!

I don’t want you passing out from the Le Creuset price tag.  That would be awkward.  You and I passed out on the mall floor.. looking like dorks… dreaming of bread.


The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton


This Homemade Bread Recipe is ahhhhh.



  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • 2 tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp instant yeast
  • 1 ½ cup warm water


In a large bowl combine flour, yeast and salt. Add water, stir until blended; dough will be shaggy and sticky. Cover bowl with plastic wrap. Let dough rest over night at room temperature.

Lightly flour a work surface and place dough on it; sprinkle it with a little more flour and fold it over on itself once or twice. Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let rest about 15 minutes.

Using just enough flour to keep dough from sticking to work surface or to your fingers, gently and quickly shape dough into a ball. Generously coat a cotton towel with flour, put dough seam side down on towel and dust with more flour. Cover with another cotton towel and let rise for about 2 hours. When it is ready, dough will be more than double in size and will not readily spring back when poked with a finger.

Preheat oven to 450°F. Place the French oven in the oven as it preheats. Carefully remove pot from oven. Slide your hand under towel and turn dough over into pot, seam side up. Shake pan once or twice if dough is unevenly distributed; it will straighten out as it bakes. Cover with lid and bake 30 minutes, then remove lid and bake another 15 to 30 minutes, until loaf is beautifully browned. Cool on a rack.

Now for the bad news.  If you eat too much of the french bread, you may end up with a permanent life preserver draped like a fat hula hoop around your hips.  These are my first world bread problems.

Did you know that there are 4,738,990,845,790 gazillion trillion recipes on the internet, for homemade bread ? Don’t even think about fact checking this. I think the internet is down.  It will also take you a lifetime to find the best ones.  Not that I did that.  I totally did that.

The point is, there’s only one good bread recipe. This is it.

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton



Don’t take shortcuts.  They take too long.

{  Except this time.  I have a couple of bread making short cuts.  }



  Tea towel :  I skipped the whole wrapping it in a flour-y tea towel bit.   Rather than put the ball of dough in a couple of tea towels, I literally just put the ball of dough back in the bowl and cover the bowl with a tea towel for 2 hours.  Easy. Sneezy. Lemon. Breezy.  PS.  Flour sack tea towels are my all time fave in the kitchen!  They are soft and dreamy.  I use them everywhere! Even in the treehouse, airstream and cabin! Everywhere!



  Cast Iron :  Do not take a short cut on the cast iron dutch oven thannnng.  It needs to be  CAST IRON <— I screamed that.  Be sure to buy a pot where the lid can also be heated up in a 450 degree oven annnnnnd don’t forget that you need to heat that thing up in the stove when it is preheating for the bread. Remember.  Cast Iron.  Supes important.

Note to self: If you accidentally touch your pot without oven mitts on…. ooooooooooooouch….life is ruined.  Time to call a hot firefighter.


Dutch oven size :  I should also mention that I cheated on the dutch oven size and used one that was too big.  I already stole owned the larger sized dutch oven, so I just went with it.  My dutch oven is the size of Australia. The photo on the Le Creuset site makes the bread look massive because it is in a small dutch oven. Surprisingly not surprisingly this tricked me.  I thought my loaf was a midget, for weeks on end.   It looked like a teeny weeny polka dot bikini in my massively huge pot AKA Australia.  Duh Lynne.  I’ll just go ahead and kick myself in the shins.


  Small loaf :  All of that was the long way of saying, this recipe makes a small loaf of bread, not a massive one…. and it’s basically PERFECT.   And it’s easy to do.  And it will be the best bread you’ve ever eaten.  And it will change your life.

It’s the homemade bread recipe that solves everything ????!

The best homemade bread recipe for DELISH French bread !!! It's so easy to make! Only 4 ingredients! The homemade bread tastes amazing ! | DESIGN THE LIFE YOU WANT TO LIVE | Lynne Knowlton

You’ll squeal like a tool when the bread pops outta the oven. I double dawg dare you to see how long you can wait before you want to put it in your face.


Sources:  Champagne Bronze Faucet c/o Delta Faucet Canada  | Throw pillows and white linen roman shades by Tonic Living  |  Brass wall light sconce & flush mount lights c/o Hudson Valley Lighting  | Letterfolk letter board  |   DIY concrete counter top is from Buddy Rhodes Concrete  |  Live edge coffee and end tables c/o One One Eleven Designs  |   Wooden cutting boards handcrafted in Bali Indonesia (read about our bucket list travels here)  |


Our pendant lights shown in the above photos are now discontinued. Boo, right?  I found some beautiful alternatives for you tho.  Here they are….

Also, how much bread is “too much bread?” Asking for a friend, who’s considering weight watchers.

Tell me your baking stories!

{  I need these details to thrive in life  }

What should I bake next?  <— I happy hollered that.

Brownies?  Cookies?  Banana Bread?

What is your fave recipe evarrrr????!!!!

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  1. Debbie Bashford

    March 17th, 2017 at 7:23 am

    I have been making this same bread for years but I use a Sassafras Bread Dome. I have made it in cast iron as well and really there is no difference for me.

  2. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 9:03 am

    Wait a sec Debbie. What’s a SassaFras bread dome? That sounds super cool. I thought I was the only sass-a-fras around. ????

    Great to know that there is no difference for you. I found that the cast iron holds the heat really well and makes the outer crust on the bread really crunchy. LOVE that!

    Thanks for telling me about the bread dome!

    Lynne xx

  3. Craig

    March 17th, 2017 at 7:30 am

    Thanks… ????

    ???????????????????????? ????

  4. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:30 am

    Oh the things I do for you, Craig. Haha. ???????????? Happy St. Pattys !

  5. Cathy

    March 17th, 2017 at 7:45 am

    I remember as a little girl watching my grandmother make homemade dinner rolls in Neustadt, ON. She rolled up the dough into little balls and put three of them into each cup of a muffin tin. When they were baked, they smelled and tasted amazing! I was very impressed by her talent to make something so magical!

    When I have made a bread like this Le Crueset one, I’ve used a large cast iron frying pan and inverted a second large cast iron frying pan on top of it as a lid. That worked pretty well.

  6. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:20 am


    I have a perplexing question. Why oh why didn’t I live next door? Neustadt is right.around.the.corner from where we are (okay, okay… 30 minutes) but that is right around the corner in country miles.

    The homemade dinner rolls sound divine!!

    Ps. Your site looks beautiful and I am going to try some of your lovely recipes! Gahhhhreat idea on using a cast iron frying pan !! BOOM. Love it.

    Happy baking 🙂 … except now I need to find a gluten free version. Hmmm.


  7. Cathy

    March 17th, 2017 at 9:09 am

    Thanks for stopping by my site! A gluten-free version of this bread is a great idea! I must work on that!

  8. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 9:57 am

    Faboosh !!! When you do that, you must must must send me the recipe. I am so addicted to this recipe tho. This may be the baking challenge of the year!

    Can’t wait !
    Lynne xx

  9. Cindy

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Thank you for this delish sounding bread recipe!! In your defense, the recipe did not specify what size cast iron Le Creuset to use! I yelled that!
    Im going to make a loaf and fill my house with that insane smell and get every 10 year old in the neighborhood over here. Maybe they will take my leaves. 🙂

  10. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Erhhhmergerd Cindy, 🙂

    I know right?!! Oh phew. I looked for forever… and couldn’t find it… GAH. All this time, I thought I was mucking up the bread recipe… but I couldn’t figure it out because it TASTED GREAT EVERY SINGLE TIME <-- I totally hollered that, but didn't look like it filled the pot like the Le Creuset site photos. I thought I'd save that bread making // suffering so others didn't go through it. The struggle is real. haha. You will FLIP when you taste the bread. OMG. And the smell. So so so insanely delish. xx

  11. Cindy

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:17 am

    RAKE RAKE RAKE!!! Not take my leaves!! Well they can take them if they want!

  12. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:22 am

    Oh, I think it would be super handy if they took the leaves too 🙂 For.The.Win. xx

  13. Michael

    March 17th, 2017 at 8:28 am

    I do LOVE this bread. I love the smell of it baking and I love the taste and texture of it. After living in Paris for years and having baguettes on the daily, this bread is making me not miss living there. Oh… btw, I finished the loaf last night when you were sleeping. Can you bake some more bread pretty please with a cherry on top? xo

  14. Lynne Knowlton

    March 17th, 2017 at 9:04 am

    Wait a sec. That was you? I wondered where the bread disappeared to last night. haha.

    I think I should name this bread “the secret to a happy marriage” ????

    Love you (anyway) LOL. Me xx

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