Prep 3 hrs 30 mins
Cook 45 mins
From "Home Cooking" Magazine. If you've never tried to make a traditional French baguette - it's easier than you think. This recipe makes 4 loaves, perfect for freezing extra bread to accompany future meals all winter long.
- 1 (1/4 ounce) package dry yeast
- 2 1⁄2 cups warm water (105 to 115 degrees)
- 2 tablespoons sugar, divided
- 1 tablespoon salt
- 6 1⁄2-7 cups flour, divided
- 1 egg white, slightly beaten
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Combine yeast, water and 1 teaspoon sugar in a large bowl, stirring until dissolved. Stir in remaining sugar, salt and 6 cups flour to form a stiff dough.
- Turn dough onto a surface sprinkled with remaining flour; knead dough for 8 minutes or until smooth and elastic. Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to grease top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free of drafts, 1 1/2 hours or until doubled in bulk. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface. Cover and let rest 15 minutes. Knead 3 to 4 times.
- Divide dough into 4 equal portions; roll each portion into a 13x7-inch rectangle. Roll up each rectangle, jelly-roll fashion, starting at a long end. Pinch seams and ends together to seal. Place loaves, seam side down, in 4 heavily greased baguette pans or on baking sheets.
- Cut 3 or 4 diagonal slashes, 3/4 inch deep, in top of each loaf. Cover and repeat rising procedure 1 hour or until doubled in bulk. Brush loaves with egg white. Bake 15 minutes, reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake 30 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove bread from pans or baking sheets immediately; cool on wire racks.
This makes wonderful bread. It has a chewy crust and nice soft insides. I had a shorter baking time, also. After turning the heat down to 350, I only baked the bread for 20 minutes. I have no idea how accurate my oven is, though. We gobbled up nearly an entire loaf tonight with supper (and there are only 2 of us -- sometimes we like a little main course with our bread heheh) and 3 loaves are safely in the freezer. Thanks so much for the recipe!
We really enjoyed this recipe for bread. I made a half recipe of it since we only have 3 of us in our household. I feel the baking time needs to be adjusted. I had my loaves in at the 450 for only 8 minutes and they were plenty brown. I turned down the heat to the 350 and then checked them about 12 minutes later and they were done. My oven runs true to temp to! The inside texture was nice, more like french bread than baguettes. Baguettes tend to have large bubble/holes. The crust is nice and chewy as well. We truly enjoyed this bread with dinner tonight. Thanks!