Easy homemade french bread recipe that is soft on the inside with the perfect crusty top. So simple to mix up and SO delicious.
In bowl of stand mixer set up with a dough hook, on low speed, combine warm water, sugar and yeast.
Add in the salt, oil, and 3 cups of flour, and mix on medium low speed until combined. On medium low speed, gradually add in about 3 cups more flour. You will know you have added in enough flour when the dough starts to pull apart from the sides of the mixing bowl and forms a soft dough ball. If your dough is sticking to the sides, add a ¼ cup of flour at a time until it pulls apart from bowl side easily.
Transfer the dough ball into a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap or a kitchen towel. Let the dough sit in bowl to rise to double its size. This should take about an hour.
Remove the dough from the bowl when ready and divide into two pieces. Pat and pull each piece into about a 9x13 rectangle. Once in a rectangle shape, roll dough into a french bread loaf shape, pinching the ends to seal. Place the two bread dough loafs, seam side down on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Cover dough with plastic wrap or kitchen towel and let rise for about an hour, until their size has almost doubled.
Preheat oven to 375 degrees, and place oven rack in center position. With a pizza cutter or baker's lame, score the bread by cutting about 5-6 gashes at an angle on top of each loaf.
Bake for 25-30 minutes until golden and completely baked through. Let cool for 10 minutes and serve warm with butter and honey. SO good.
Adapted from Mel's Kitchen Cafe