French Baguettes

Saturday, 07 February 2009 13:20
  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 tbsp Dry Active Yeast
  • 2 tsp Salt
  • 2 cups Warm Water
  • Oil for bowl
french baguette Instructions:
  • In a bowl, mix together the flour and the salt.
  • In another bowl, combine yeast, warm water, and half of the flour/salt mixture. Using your hands, mix until it forms a dough. Then, cover with a dish cloth and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours. It should triple in size.
  • Gently incorporate the rest of the flour/salt, using your hands.
  • Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. It should be supple and elastic when you stop kneading.
  • Lightly oil a bowl. Place dough in bowl. Cover with a dish towel. Let sit for 1 hour. It should double in size.
  • Preheat oven to 450°F. Knead again. Then cut dough into 3 parts and form each part into a long baguette. Place on a baking sheet. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
  • Place a bowl of water in the oven. Bake baguettes for about 25 minutes (maybe less). Remove the bowl of water after 15 minutes of baking.