The BEST homemade french bread recipe made in 90 minutes. So easy to make and comes out golden and crispy on the outside, while remaining soft and chewy on the inside. You'll fall in love with this easy french bread recipe!
In a small bowl, combine the warm water, yeast and sugar. Let sit for 5 minutes, or until it has begin to foam.
Place 2 cups of flour into a large mixing bowl with the salt. Stir in the yeast mixture and begin to knead by hand or using a dough hook and stand mixer. Add 1/2 cup of the remaining flour at a time until the dough is smooth but not sticky. Rub the olive oil around the dough ball and let rest for 15 minutes.
Turn the dough onto a floured surface and divide it in half. Roll one half into a rectangle. Starting from the long side, roll the dough into a cylinder. Turn both ends in and pinch the seams closed. Round the edges and place onto a baking sheet. Repeat with the second dough ball. Let rise for 30-45 minutes. Make three diagonal cuts across the top of each loaf.
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 17-20 minutes or until the tops are golden brown.
Brush the top with melted butter if desired. Slice and enjoy! :)
For a crispier/shinier crust, brush 1 egg white (whisked) with a teaspoon of water before baking french bread loaf.