2 1/4 C warm water
3 Tbls sugar
2 Tbls yeast
1 Tbls salt
2 Tbls oil
6 C flourPlace the warm water, sugar in a large mixing bowl. Add the yeast and let dissolve. You really want to get the yeast activated so really let it dissolve until it starts "bubbling".
Add the salt, oil and 3 cups of flour and mix. At this point change your mixer attachment to your kneader. Slowly add the remaining 3 cups of flour. Add additional flour if the dough is still pretty sticky.
Let the dough sit in the mixing bowl for ten minutes with a kitchen towel on top. After ten minutes turn the mixer on for ten seconds. Repeat this 5 times.
Take dough out and knead a few times on a well-floured surface. Split the dough in half and roll out into a 9x13 rectangle. Roll the dough and tuck the ends in. Cute three gashed on top of the dough. Place seam down on a baking sheet and let rise for another 15-20 minutes. Repeat with the other half of the dough.
Preheat over to 375.
Using a pastry brush add an egg wash (1 egg+ 1 Tbls water) on top of the bread. Place bread in the oven and cook for 20-30 minutes. If you feel like the top of your bread is getting dark to fast, add a piece of aluminum foil on top 15 minutes into cooking.
When your bread is golden brown and done take out of the over and let rest. You can't tell in the picture but we were already devouring the first loaf out of the oven as we took the second one out. It's really hard to resist which is why this recipe is perfect in making to loaves:-) It is so delicious and perfect with soups and pasta. In fact, we let this loaf cool cut it in half (lengthwise) added butter and garlic and put it under the broler for a few minutes. It was by far the best garlic bread I've ever had!