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Instant Pot Bread Recipe - French Bread

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Nothing beats a homemade loaf of French bread. If you have an Instant Pot and want to try your hand at Instant Pot bread, I highly recommend whipping up this easy French bread recipe.

If you are thinking can you make bread in an Instant Pot, the answer is yes. The pressure cooker is great for proofing bread dough, and speeding up the rising process.

french bread instant pot bread recipe with 3 slices of bread stacked on top of each other on a white plate.

Instant Pot French Bread

You will proof your dough in the Instant Pot, and then bake the bread in the oven. It gives you that golden-brown crust you want but speeds up the process of waiting on the bread dough to rise.

This is also the best bread for French toast to use the next day for breakfast.

Supplies Used to Make Instant Pot Bread

Ingredients for homemade bread

  • quick rise yeast
  • warm water
  • all-purpose flour (or bread flour)
  • salt
  • granulated sugar
  • vegetable oil
  • egg white

Instead of baking powder, French bread and other homemade white breads use yeast to leaven the dough. Sourdough bread uses wild yeast and lactic acid bacteria that are present in flour, whereas dinner rolls and other traditional white breads are more likely to use quick rise yeast.

Bread making supplies

  • Dough hook | This is THE tool for kneading dough. While you could do it by hand, the entire purpose of this bread recipe is saving time. Just like you'll save time proofing dough in an Instant Pot, you can save time kneading dough with a dough hook.
  • KitchenAid Stand Mixer | A stand mixer that is durable and reliable, KitchenAid mixers are top-rated for a reason. You can purchase refurbished KitchenAid mixers as well. We've had our refurbished mixer for going on 10 years and it works great!
  • Instant Pot with yogurt setting | Not all Instant Pot models have a yogurt setting. You need to make sure that the model you purchase has a yogurt setting. It is used for making yogurt as well as proofing bread, so if you plan to do either of these, buy an Instant Pot with a yogurt button.

How to Proof Bread in Instant Pot

Activate Yeast | You will need to add your warm water and yeast together and allow it to activate. That means after 5 minutes the yeast will begin to bubble and foam.

Bread Dough | Once you know your bread yeast mixture is good, you will then begin mixing it with the rest of your bread dough ingredients. Mix until it reaches the proper texture.

All the instructions are in the printable card below.

Yogurt Setting | Grease your pot, toss in the dough, and press the yogurt button. Let the dough rise using the yogurt setting.

Spray the inside of the Instant Pot lid to make sure the dough doesn't rise up and stick to the top. Alternatively, you could cover with plastic wrap on the inside of the lid.

Typically, wait to form bread loaves until after the dough has doubled in size. The rising time will be faster than if you used traditional methods.

Loaf | After you have worked over your dough you will shape into a loaf pan as directed, and then bake in your oven. You could also lay parchment paper on the baking pan.

Bake at 425 Fahrenheit for 10 minutes and then reduce the oven temperature to 375 Fahrenheit and bake another 20 minutes.

2 loaves of french bread instant pot bread recipe on a baking sheet

Once done let it cool, then slice and serve. This bread is so much fresher than store bought!

Why Make Pressure Cooker Bread

French bread tends to take a long time to make. This Instant Pot bread recipe speeds up the process tremendously and allows you to have that incredible texture and sliceable bread in a fraction of the time.

While you're not actually baking in the pressure cooker, making this Instant Pot white bread recipe speeds up the process of kneading bread and waiting for the bread to rise.

Can I make bread in a pressure cooker?

You can bake bread in an Instant Pot, but that is normally for sweet breads like our banana bread in a jar, banana cake bread, applesauce bread, or even a cornbread.

While there are many bread recipes, Instant Pots are used to proof dough and decrease the lengthy dough rising process. Instant Pot pizza dough is a perfect example of this use.

So, while it's not a bread pot like a bread maker that mixes, kneads, proofs and bakes the bread all in one container, a pressure cooker is a handy tool when it comes to bread making.

When To Serve Up Bread

This instapot bread is mild in flavor and so versatile. Slice and create a garlic bread to pair with pasta recipes like a crockpot mac n cheese recipe or any Italian dish. Or you can slice and slather with butter and pair with your weeknight meals. It's also amazing with strawberry orange jam or apple pie jam.

No matter how you serve up this tasty bread recipe it is sure to be a treat. I also love to make French toast with it, as I mentioned above. It holds its shape nicely.

french bread instant pot bread recipe two slices of bread on white plate. One is slathered with butter.

Interested in More Instant Pot Bread Recipes

  • Instant Pot Monkey Bread | Great for breakfast or for a dessert any day of the week.
  • Banana Bread | If you have some bananas that are getting a little brown whip up banana bread and enjoy!
  • Toasted Pizza Bread | If you own an air fryer here is one recipe to check out. A sliced bread loaded with all the favorite pizza toppings and cooked to air fried perfection.

Can You Freeze French Bread

If you don't plan to eat this bread all right away you can freeze leftovers. Just ensure the bread fully cools once it has been baked. Then transfer into a freezer container or freezer bag.

Freeze for 2-3 months. Thaw on the counter or even wrap tightly in aluminum foil and then reheat in the oven for a fresh bread texture and warmth.

Recipe

Yield: 2 loaves

Instant Pot French Bread

3 slices of instant pot french bread stacked on white plate

Make French bread in your Instant Pot with this simple recipe that speeds up the rising bread process and allows you to proof the dough in your Instant Pot. French bread makes a tasty side for many meals, or serve on its own topped with jam.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes

Ingredients

Supplies

Homemade French Bread Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons quick rise yeast
  • 2 1/2 cup very warm water, divided
  • 6 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons granulated sugar, divided
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 large egg white

Instructions

    1. Add 1/2 cup warm water and yeast to a medium sized bowl yeast and stir to mix. Allow to sit for 5-10 minutes to bubble.
    2. Mix the flour, sugar, salt, oil, and remaining water in a stand mixer bowl.
    3. Once the yeast has bubbled, add in your flour mixture.
    4. Using a dough hook on a stand mixer, continue to mix until the dough about 5 minutes on a medium speed.
    5. Grease your instant pot inner lid with some oil to prevent your dough from sticking.
    6. Transfer to the instant pot. Set your instant pot to yogurt mode. Cover with the lid.
    7. At 10 minutes, transfer back to your mixing bowl, and knead for 5 minutes. Transfer back to the instant pot keeping it on yogurt mode. Continue this for a total of 3 times, for 40 minutes.
    8. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
    9. On a cookie sheet, lightly flour the pan. Transfer your dough to the pan and separate into two portions.
    10. Form the bread in a long loaf, like a French loaf. Score the top with a knife. Brush with the egg white to allow your bread to brown.
    11. Place your bread in the oven for 10 minutes. Without removing the bread from the oven, turn the oven degrees down to 375 degrees for an additional 20 minutes.
    12. Enjoy with butter and/or jam! Enjoy!

Nutrition Information

Yield

16

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 269Total Fat 6gSaturated Fat 2gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 4gCholesterol 12mgSodium 371mgCarbohydrates 46gFiber 2gSugar 2gProtein 7g

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