This is a super easy bread to make, and is relatively quick as well. This recipe makes 2 loaves.
My son loves French Bread and two loaves go super fast 🙂 Freshly baked hot bread with butter is irresistible.
The crust is crispy and the inside is soft. We love this bread!
What you’ll need:
- All Purpose Flour – 6 cups
- Warm Water (110 deg) – 2 cups
- Sugar – 2 1/2 tsp
- Active Dry Yeast – 1 tbsp
- Salt – 2 1/2 tsp
- Olive Oil – 1 tsp
Note: If the water is too hot, it’ll kill the yeast and the bread wont rise. So make sure it is just slightly warm to the tough.
- Add the Sugar and Yeast to the Warm Water and mix. Set aside for about 5 to 10 minutes.
- In the meantime, add 2 cups of flour and salt to a stand mixer (can also mix by hand).
- Add the water yeast mixture to the flour and mix on lowest speed.
- Continue to add the remaining flour 1/2 cup at a time, until the dough comes together without getting dry. It may still be slightly sticky to the touch.
- Place the dough ball in a bowl greased with Olive Oil, coating the dough with oil on all sides. Cover and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
- Flour a work surface and take the dough out on it. Punch any air bubbles with fingers and make 2 equal parts.
- Roll one of the dough half into a rectangle, can be done by hand as well. Start from one long end and roll the rectangle into a cylinder. Pinch the edge with fingers to secure the seams. Place on a Baking tray sprinkled lightly with flour.
- Do the same with the other half of the dough to make another loaf.
- Cover and let it prove for for about 30 to 45 mins. Make 3 cuts on top diagonally just before baking.
- Preheat the oven to 400 deg F, place the tray (uncovered) in the oven. Bake for 20 minutes, until the tops starts to brown.
- Take the loaves out onto a cutting board and try to wait for about 5-10 mins – very difficult in our house 🙂
- Enjoy with butter!