Homemade French Bread and Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer

Hubby and I went out to eat and I had French Onion Soup.  I love it but what I had this day, well, it wasn’t my favorite.  Years ago we took a girls trip to Chicago and I had French Onion Soup at several of the restaurants.  I loved it each and every time.  I wanted to try to replicate that and decided to start out with making my own homemade French Bread first.

I’ve made this recipe for years.  I first found it in the Lawler Iowa- Our Lady of Mount Carmel Cookbook.


I think I first tried the recipe because it sounded odd.  I had never made bread as they suggested so I gave it a try.  Our family always loved it.

When following the recipe I started out with this….


Then worked it into a ball….


and here’s the strange part…The ball has to be in warm water for 15 minutes.  I don’t know if all French Breads are that way or only my recipe.


After more flour and risings as the recipe suggested, I ended up with a beautiful loaf.  In all honesty, this is just one of the FOUR I ended up with.  When I made it I doubled the recipe as that’s what I used to do when all the kids were home.  When all five kids were home…I needed four loaves but with me and Hubby, two is plenty.  The original recipe that you see makes TWO loaves.


Well being that I had all that bread I invited Kalissa and Craig over for supper and gave them a loaf to take home too.

Over the week I worked to use up the French Bread.  One of the things we ended up really liking was garlic toast in my Philips XL Airfryer.

Here’s how I made the Garlic Bread…

It’s easy-peasy and only takes a couple minutes.

Cut your bread.  Butter it.  Sprinkle it with onion and garlic powder.


Everyone has their own style and type of garlic bread that they like.  I had mine in at 330 degrees for about 4 minutes.  Play with is and figure out how you like yours.

Now I completely got side tracked and didn’t tell you if my French Onion Soup turned out.  Stop by again and I’ll give you the recipe and tempt you to make your own.  It’s super easy.

6 thoughts on “Homemade French Bread and Garlic Bread in the Air Fryer”

  1. As much as I love French Onion Soup, it tends to be very salty. With my high blood pressure, I usually avoid it, at least in restaurants. Of course, if I made it at home, I would have much more control over the sodium content. I’ll consider it.

  2. The French bread recipe looks easy enough and I look forward to your French onion soup recipe to follow. Saving the bread one to make with lasagna next week. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Thanks very much for the French Bread Recipe and your method of toasting it in your air fryer. I am thinking of buying a (smaller) air fryer and seeing another use of it is really great. And French Onion Soup – wow, one of my favorites, so I am looking forward to your recipe! Thank you, and thank you also for so faithfully writing your blog each day. It is such a special treat. God Bless.

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