I have been coming across so many delicious but easy bread recipes lately. I just want to get in the kitchen and try them all! It might be bread overload for awhile. I will try to contain myself. This one is the french baguette and although “french” is in it’s name it actually originated in Vienna. It is still very much a staple in France. They usually enjoy this bread in the early morning with their cup of tea…how lovely. We Americans will usually have this bread with or right before dinner. I like this bread best with an olive oil dipping sauce (find recipe here) or with a little butter. The French even dip this bread in melted chocolate….can you imagine? They certainly do food right. Anything dipped in melted chocolate is going to be good my friends! I hope you will make this wonderful and incredibly easy bread and discover the way you enjoy it most! ENJOY!!!
1 cup lukewarm water
2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
3 cups all purpose flour
2 tsp salt
In a large bowl, whisk yeast into water and let sit for about five minutes. Add flour and salt and mix using paddle attachment or by hand until just combined. Switch to dough hook and knead on medium for five minutes until dough is smooth and elastic. Shape dough into a ball and place into a lightly greased bowl and cover with plastic wrap. Let rise until doubled about one hour. Punch down risen dough and divide into two pieces. Roll each peice into a foot-long rope and place side by side, about 3-4 inches apart on a stone or baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and preheat oven to 400F. After dough is slightly risen (about 30 minutes) remove plastic wrap and with a sharp knife make a couple of slashes on each baguette. Place baguettes in oven, reduce heat to 375F and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven, spritz with water and allow to cool on cooling rack.
This recipe was found at www.tablespoon.com .