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Crusty French Bread

This Crusty French Bread will leave you wondering why you ever bought bread from the store! We stopped purchasing store bought bread after we had our first baby. 

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A friend gave me her bread machine for a killer deal and I wanted to start eliminating hidden chemicals in our diets. This ended up being a greater blessing than I realized at the time. 

As my children grew I discovered that anytime they ate bread that was not made at home they’d get tummy aches. I knew that it wasn’t the gluten, because they ate minimally processed grain at home. I knew that it wasn’t the yeast because I’d been using that since they were babies. 

It was a mystery that followed me for years until I discovered that we all have the MTHFR gene mutation. They estimate that 40-60% of the population has this mutation. It basically means that your body has a hard time with methylating folic acid and B vitamins. When this process is broken the unmethylated vitamins build up in your system, blocking folate receptors, and wrecking all kinds of havoc. 

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Guess what the food industry likes to fortify flour and lots of other grains with? Folic acid. Which our body doesn’t need anyway, what we really need is folate, but that’s a whole other post. 

Grain can be inflammatory so we do limit our intake but we like to treat ourselves to some delicious homemade bread once a month. This is one of our favorite bread recipes, I hope you like it too! 

If you make this recipe please share a link to the recipe online and tag me (@instantloss)! I love to see what you are cooking up in your kitchen! 

Start Here Before/After instantloss.comBrittany Williams has taken the weight loss world by storm with her best-selling Instant Loss Cookbook. After reaching a peak weight of 260 pounds and spending a lifetime struggling with obesity, yo-yo dieting, autoimmune diseases, and chronic fatigue, Brittany changed her relationship with food and lost an astonishing 125 pounds in a year through diet alone.

Brittany’s latest book, Instant Loss Eat Real, Lose Weight shows how to make this a sustainable lifestyle with kid and family-friendly meals—from Strawberry Shortcake Oatmeal to Cowboy Chili to Easy 2-Minute Pork Chops. Members of her growing community have reported losing 50 and even 100 pounds themselves! This cookbook will help others achieve similar success with simple, delicious meals, nearly all ready in 30 minutes or less.

Crusty French Bread

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  • 1 1/2 cup Filtered Water
  • 2 tsp Grass-fed Butter
  • 4 cups Organic Unbleached Flour
  • 4 tsp Organic Sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp Sea Salt
  • 1 tsp Chia Seeds optional
  • 1 3/4 tsp Active Dry Yeast


  • Place ingredients in the order listed into your bread machine.
  • Select the FRENCH bread setting, SELECT.
  • MEDUIM color, SELECT.
  • LARGE loaf size, SELECT.
  • Press START. Bread will be done baking in the number of hours indicated.


Note: Makes (1) 2 pound loaf of bread.
Author: Brittany Williams


  1. Hi Brittany, I’m just double checking if the amount of butter should be 2 tspns or 2 TBLSPNS? Thanks!

  2. Hi Brittany, my family ❤️ This loaf of bread only thing I changed was the butter to Earth Balance and I did add in the Chia Seeds,making it Vegan Bread. I made it Sunday it’s Wednesday and completely gone. Thank you for sharing!

  3. Hi! Can you use Gluten Free flour with this? I bought the bread machine you recommended so just curious then if I would put it on the French loaf or the gluten free setting. Thanks!

  4. Hello, I was wondering if it would possible to make this in a glass loaf pan instead of a bread machine? I don’t happen to own one at the moment. Thank you for all of your recipes and insight on healthy living! You’re changing lives for the better!

  5. Hi – do you have the instructions for making by hand. Don’t have a bread machine but do have 2 good hands and a bowl to let the dough rise in.

    1. Hi Linda! There is not a recipe for this by hand. If you do attempt it and are successful please let us know!

      Instant Loss Team

  6. Talking about portions; does your hubby eats in the small bowl plates like you do whith most of the meals? Trying to fugure out the portion for my hubby.

    1. Yes, Brittany and her whole family portion control together. The rule of thumb is to eat until you are satisfied not until you are full. Always keep in mind your stomach is the size of a fist.

      Instant Loss Team

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