Traditional Artisan Style Baguette - Rustic French Bread

Recipe by BecR2400
READY IN: 32mins
SERVES: 4-6
UNITS: US

INGREDIENTS

Nutrition
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DIRECTIONS

  • Place the yeast, honey and warm water in a large bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.
  • In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt and the flour. Use a wooden spoon to stir 2 cups of the flour mixture into the yeast mixture; stir in the remaining flour mixture (dough will be stiff).
  • Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead with floured hands until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes. Add a little flour, 1 tablespoon at a time as necessary, to prevent dough from sticking.
  • Place in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap (or a clean kitchen towel) and leave to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  • Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
  • Gently punch dough down to deflate it and shape into two oblong baguettes. Dust tops lightly with flour and place on a lightly greased baking sheet; let rise uncovered for 30 minutes.
  • Use a serrated knife to cut 3-5 small diagonal slits across the tops of the baguettes, and lightly sprinkle with cool water.
  • Bake in the middle of oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool.
  • Best eaten the same day.
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