Thursday, December 16, 2010

French Baguette

It totally slipped my mind to pick up a loaf while grocery shopping. I whipped this up in no time with the help of my bread machine. Half the loaf was gone by dinner it was that good.
Ingredients
1 cup water
2-1/2 cups bread flour
1 tbsp white sugar
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 tsp bread machine yeast
1 egg yolk
1 tbsp water
Directions
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.
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.
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 - 40 minutes, or until doubled in bulk.
Preheat oven to 375 ⁰F. Bake for 20 - 25 minutes in the preheated oven, or until golden brown.

2 comments:

Paula said...

Wow, is it really that easy? I'm thinking Santa IS bringing me a bread machine, thanks to the elf that dropped a hint! :)
I already bought some bread machine yeast...that's how confident I am. I can't wait to try it out! If I don't get one for Christmas, it's one of the first things I'll buy afterwards.

Michelle said...

Wow! You are pretty confident, you must of been really good this year. Santa loves baked goods. *lol*

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