Kittencal's Soft White Baguette-Style Bread

READY IN: 2hrs 25mins
YIELD: 1 loaf
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition

DIRECTIONS

  • Prepare one large cookie sheet lined with foil and sprayed with non-stick cooking spray or sprinkled with yellow cornmeal.
  • Attach the kneader blade to a heavy-duty stand mixer.
  • In the stainless steel bowl, dump 3 cups flour (to start) 1 teaspoon salt and 1 tablespoon sugar.
  • Melt the butter or Crisco shortening in the microwave for about 22 seconds then dump into the bowl with the flour, sugar and salt.
  • In a small cup add in the yeast with 1 teaspoon sugar in 1-1/4 cups warm water; cover with small clean cloth, and proof the yeast for 8-10 minutes, stirring just once with a small spoon or whisk (if the yeast doesn't foam discard and start again).
  • After 10 minutes, add in the yeast/water mixture into the bowl and start kneading, adding in more flour as needed to create a soft semi-sticky dough (careful not to add in too much flour, as this will create a heavy bread!).
  • Knead for 7-8 minutes, or until dough is the right texture and is smooth.
  • Remove dough from the bowl, and let sit on a lightly floured surface covered with a clean tea towel for 10 minutes (this is important!).
  • After 10 minutes, knead very gently (dough will come together nicely).
  • Form into a semi-round ball.
  • Grease a large glass bowl (I just use the same stainless steel bowl that I made the dough in).
  • Place the dough in the oiled bowl; cover with a clean tea towel and set in a warm place to rise aproximmately 1 hour.
  • Punch down dough and remove to a floured surface.
  • At this point you may cut the dough in half to make two small long breads, or keep into one piece for one large loaf.
  • Using hands shape into a rectangle (no need to use a rolling pin this dough will shape very easy).
  • Roll up tightly then seal all edges.
  • Cover the shaped loaf/s with a clean dry tea towel, and let rise for about 30-35 minutes in a warm place.
  • After rising set oven to 375 degrees F.
  • In a small cup whisk/mix together 1 egg white with 1 teaspoon cold water.
  • Lightly brush the egg white mixture over the dough, then sprinkle with sesame seeds if desired.
  • Bake for 25-33 minutes, or until bread is golden brown and sounds hollow when tapped.
  • Delicious!