If want a French bread recipe to make at home here are a few that are truly delicious. Some are made by hand, although you could cheat and use your bread maker if you wish. It's not everyone's cup of tea I know, to spend hours in the kitchen making bread, although sometimes it is well worth it if you have the time and patience...not least because of the lovely aroma that fills the house.
The French baguette is a good example – it is an icon of
France. But because the French are passionate about their bread they would be
quick to say that no bread is as good as the bread in France. So to all
Francophiles, I apologise and would simply say that the French bread recipe given
here is far superior to any that is commercially made in any other country...other
The main difference in a French bread recipe is the flour they use. The flour is from a particular type of wheat, unbleached, light flour, very fine and free flowing. If you cannot get French plain bread flour, then use a good quality strong bread flour instead. I just use a good quality bread flour and have no problems. However, there are some other factors to take into consideration.
I live in the United kingdom and okay, it's not the coldest place on earth, but it's not always the warmest either. So, basically what I am saying is that you will get better results in the summer than in the winter due to the temperature in the kitchen! The temperature affects the dough rising, so you need to have a warm room for the best results.