Recipe by HesterX
This is from the book "French Women Don't Get Fat". A very easy recipe for making homemade bread.
Top Review by mom of twins #2
Very good. I used two baguette pans (perforated ones). I used Kitchen Aid mixer to make the daugh (mixed for 10 minute) and then followed the rest of directions. I came up with two beatiful bread. AMAZING. very very good
- 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
- 2 cups warm water
- 4 -5 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 2 teaspoons kosher salt
- 1 egg, beaten and mixed with
- 1 tablespoon cold water
Directions See How It's Made
- In a small bowl dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water.
- Stir with a fork.
- Set aside for 10 minutes.
- Combine the flour and salt.
- Add the yeast mixture, and stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups water.
- Mix the dough until it is sticky enough to knead.
- On a lightly floured board, knead for 6 to 10 minutes; the dough should be sticky and smooth.
- Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp tea towel, and let rise at room temperature until doubled in volume, about 1 hour.
- Punch down the dough and divide into 4 pieces.
- Roll each into a ball and shape into a baguette.
- Transfer the loaves to a lightly greased baking sheet or baguette pan and let rise until nearly doubled.
- (I use 2 baking sheets, with 3 smaller loaves per sheet).
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Brush the baguettes with the egg-water mixture.
- Score the loaves diagonally across the top with a sharp knife.
- Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pan and place in the preheated oven next to the baguettes to provide moisture.
- Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes, and then lower the temperature to 400 degrees and bake for 5 to 10 minutes more, until golden brown.
- Remove from the oven and cool on a rack before slicing.
- Occasionally I burn the bottom of the bread, in which case I scrape it off with a sharp serrated knife and it remains my secret!