In your mixer add all of the ingredients except for the flour.
Turn the mixer on low and slowly add 6 cups of flour.
Add an additional cup to the dough or until it is soft and elastic.
Let the dough rise for 30 minutes or until doubled in size.
Split up the dough, depending on how many loaves you want to make and shape them into french bread shape. Don’t worry! It will be pretty, I promise!
The tops should be golden brown and if you tap on it, it will sound somewhat hollow.
Basic French Bread
- 2 T yeast
- 2 1/2 c hot water
- 1/4 c powdered milk (optional)
- 1 T salt
- 1/3 c oil
- 3 T sugar
- 6-7 c flour
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer add the yeast, hot water, powdered milk (if using), salt, oil, and sugar. Turn the mixer on low and slowly add 6 cups of flour. Add an additional cup of flour until the dough is not sticky, but smooth and elastic. Put lid on mixer and let rise for 30 minutes. The dough should be nice and warm and the steam inside the mixer will cause it to rise faster. If using a mixer without a lid, cover the bowl with plastic wrap.
After 30 minutes or the dough has doubled in size, cut dough into how many loaves you want to make. Roll into French Bread shapes and place on greased baking sheets. Brush with an egg wash (egg and water mixed) and sprinkle with sesame seeds if you have them. Cut 4-6 slits on top of the dough and let it rise for another 30 minutes or until doubled in size. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes at 350°. Enjoy!!