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French Baguettes

by ADMIN on DECEMBER 8, 2011

Here’s the thing – I never thought I’d make a french baguette. But I did! And yet… it was so much easier than I thought. (Though time consuming as all yeast breads are).

This french bread recipe gets down to the basics of yeast bread making: Proof yeast, knead, rise, shape, rise, bake. You can make this in the bread machine, but I find getting intimate with the process is not only satisfying, but fun!

TIP: These are wonderful to have as a side with dinner, sopping up soup, or as a sandwich roll! French Baguettes Author: Adapted from allrecipes.com Prep time: 1 hour 30 mins Cook time: 25 mins Total time: 1 hour 55 mins Serves: 12 Gorgeous, easy, homemade french bread.

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water, heated to 120F

  • 2.5 cups flour

  • 1 Tbsp sugar

  • 1 tsp salt

  • 1.5 tsp active dry yeast (or 1 packet)

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 Tbsp water

Instructions

  1. Gently stir together heated water, sugar, and yeast. Let sit for about 3 minutes to proof (get foamy).

  2. In a bowl, mix together flour and salt. Add yeast mixture to the flour and mix until a ball forms. Then place on a well-floured surface and knead for 3 to 5 minutes or until elastic and smooth.

  3. Place dough in a large greased bow, turning over to grease the top. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and a dish towel, set in a warm place, and let rise for about 30 minutes or until doubled in size.

  4. (If, like me, you don't have a warm place in your house, simply turn on the over and set the dough ON TOP of the stove - not in it!).

  5. Gently punch down the dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll the dough into a 16" x 12" rectangle. Then cut in half so that it's 8 x 12".

  6. Roll up each rectangle tightly, starting at the 12" side, making sure to squeeze out any air bubbles as you go. Pinch the ends slightly.

  7. Place dough on a greased cookie sheet. Cut deep slices into each baguette every 2 inches or so.

  8. Cover and let rise in a warm place for another 30 to 40 minutes.

  9. Preheat oven to 365F. Whisk together the egg yolk and water, then brush the tops of each baguette with the mixture.

  10. Cook for 20 to 25 minutes or until golden brown.


You just made french bread! Enjoy!!

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