2½ cup warm water
2 tablespoons sugar
2 tablespoons dry yeast
1 tablespoon salt
2 tablespoons oil
6 cups flour
1 egg, beaten
In a large mixing bowl, (I used my new handy dandy kitchen aid) combine water, sugar, and yeast. Let stand for 5 minutes. Stir in salt, oil, and 3 cups of the flour. Stir vigorously. Add remaining 3 cups of flour slowly as needed and mix well. Let rest in bowl 5 minutes. Stir down. Repeat this process 2 more times.
Place dough onto a floured board. Knead only enough to coat dough with flour so it can be handled; divide in half. Flatten out into rectangle, roll up from long side. Moisten seam with small amount of water and pinch to seal. Arrange both loaves lengthwise on a large, well-greased cookie sheet. (the gal who sent this to me uses parchment paper - I didn't have any and really didn't need it - you can decide) Place seam side down. Spray top with cooking spray and let rise about 20 -25 minutes.
Use a very sharp knife to gently make 3 diagonal gashes in the top of each loaf. Then put into oven.
Bake at 375˚ for 23 to 25 minutes. Cool on racks and cover with a towel (this keeps the crust soft). Serve warm.