Here is a super easy French bread recipe. Honestly, you can actually make this every day. Yes, it's that easy. With simple everyday ingredients and a couple of simple steps, you will have a freshly baked loaf on your table. Even if you are not an accomplished baker, you will still be able to make this crispy, no-knead french bread effortlessly!
Mix the water, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl
Add the flour and mix until all the water has been absorbed and a shaggy mass of dough is formed
Rub the surface of the dough with olive oil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic wrap and leave to rest in a warm place for 2 hours
Punch down the dough and transfer it to a floured work surface. Flatten it out and divide the dough into two
Flatten out the dough into a square (you don't have to be perfect) and roll it tightly as you would a mat, and place it on a parchment-lined baking pan
Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise again for 30 minutes to 1 hour sharp knife
Get a sharp knife and make about 4 slant deep slashes on the bread
Using a spray bottle, spray the surface of the bread with warm water and bake in a 400 deg F preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.
Don't be tempted to add more flour. The high moisture content of the dough is what gives the bread its crunchy crust I did not proof my yeast because there I left the dough to rise for 2 hours. However, the rising time may vary depending on humidity, altitude, and temperature.