Prep 16 hrs
Cook 30 mins
It has taken me a while to find a good baguette recipe. Many are very complicated and take a long time to make and others aren't a true baguette at all (too soft, more like a white bread). I was very pleased with this recipe that I found on kingarthurflour.com and I love how easy it is! Make sure to start this the evening before you want the bread. Prep time includes rise times.
- Place all ingredients in bowl of a stand mixer.
- Mix well, then knead using the dough hook for about 2 minutes.The dough will be very sticky.
- Place in a very large (it will almost triple in size) greased bowl.
- Let sit at room temperature for 2 hours, then refrigerate overnight.
- You can use the dough at any point in the next 7 days. When you are ready, take out about a pound of dough and roll it into an oval.
- Fold the dough in half the long way and seal edges with the heel of your hand.
- Flatten dough into an oval and fold again.
- Gently roll dough with hands to form into a classic baguette shape, about 15 inches long.
- Let rise on a baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal (or greased) for 90 minutes.
- Make 3-4 large diagonal slashes on the top, using a serrated knife at a 45 degree angle.
- Spritz with warm water to help give the bread a crispy exterior.
- Bake at 450 degrees for 25-30 minutes.
Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful recipe Jen in Victoria. I really enjoyed the flavor and texture of this easy to make bread. I am a novice bread maker and followed your instructions exactly as written. I wouldn't change a thing. I scaled the recipe down to make one loaf. It doesn't look pretty but it sure was good. Made for Pac Spring Safari.