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French Baguette

Ah, the aroma of freshly baked bread!
Delicious and easy to make, though a bit time consuming!

It must have been a freaky Friday, when my daughter finally decided to cook dinner for us!
The menu was great, glazed carrots, French onion soup, lettuce, apples, walnuts, olive and feta salad with fresh home baked baguettes!
The hard work paid off !I am happy to report that the dinner was a great success! The baguettes were crusty and delicious! We as parents were touched…after all, it’s not every day that roles are reversed in the kitchen! At least, not in mine! Thanks P.

Ingredients:

1 tbsp active dry yeast
1 1/2 cups warm water
3 1/4 cups all purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
Oil for greasing

Directions:

Stir together the water and yeast.Let it stand until frothy, takes about 10 minutes approximately.
Knead the dough with the yeast mixture.
Add salt and knead for about 10minutes.
Transfer the dough ball to a slightly oiled bowl.Pat a bit of oil on top of the ball, and cover the bowl with a plastic wrap.
Let the dough rise for about 45 minutes.
Transfer dough to a lightly floured surface. Punch down. Transfer it back to the bowl and let it rise for another 1 hour.
Divide the ball into two equal halves and form two long, slender loaves.
Place them on a greased tray. Cover loosely with a wrap. Let stand for another 50 minutes.
Uncover, and transfer to a baguette Pan. Make diagonal gashes on the surface.
Bake for 30 minutes or until golden in a pre heated oven at 250 degrees.
Cool before serving!

Variations: You can add garlic, olives, rosemary, or sprinkle some sesame seeds.

(Recipe adapted from saveur.com)

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About spicerack

Full time granny, arts enthusiast, compulsive baker and a freelance writer! Practically a nomad, living out of my suitcase literally! Based in Kuwait, New Delhi, and San Diego!

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