Sunday, 22 March 2009

Homemade French Baguettes!

Here's a super recipe for you! Last night I made French Baguettes for my hubby. I found the recipe on Allrecipes. com (link is also listed on my side bar). Mega easy, sooo quick and absolutely DELICIOUS! Serve with a dab of butter and good cheddar or dip in olive oil with balsamic vinegar - and life is GOOD! This bread would also make yummy french toast! I have a feeling I'll be making this a LOT.

I made these loaves this morning, with whole wheat flour, and no egg wash. Baked in our wood stove - they came out delish and look so rustic! Crunchy on the outside, soft and chewy on the inside (as my friend Rhonda described as we share some baguettes I made last night, topped with cheese, served with vino and enjoyed with stamps!).


French Baguettes
1 cup water
2 1/2 cups bread flour
1 tablespoon white sugar
1 teaspoon salt
1 1/2 teaspoons bread machine yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tablespoon water
1. Place 1 cup water, bread flour, sugar, salt and yeast into bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough cycle, and press Start.
2. When the cycle has completed, place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes, or until doubled in bulk. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.
3. Punch down dough. On a lightly floured surface, roll into a 16x12 inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8x12 inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at 12 inch side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper end. Place 3 inches apart on a greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches, or make one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover, and let rise in a warm place for 30 to 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
4. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water; brush over tops of loaves.
5. Bake for 20 to 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

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