Fast French Baguette

Course Bread

Ingredients

  • Ingredients:
  • 1 cup lukewarm water
  • 2 1/4 tsp active dry yeast
  • 3 cups to 3 1/2Gold Medal unbleached all-purpose flour or bread flour
  • 2 tsp salt

Instructions

  1. Directions
  2. 1 In a large bowl or the bowl of a stand mixer, whisk yeast into 1 cup water and let sit 5 minutes.
  3. 2 Add 3 cups flour and salt and mix, using paddle attachment, until just combined.
  4. 3 Switch to dough hook (or remove dough from bowl and knead by hand) and knead on medium speed for about 5 minutes (10 minutes if kneading by hand), until dough is smooth and elastic. Shape dough into ball and place in a lightly greased bowl, cover with plastic wrap and let rise until doubled, about 1 hour.
  5. 4 Punch down risen dough and divide in two pieces. Roll each piece into a foot-long rope and place side by side, about 3-4 inches apart, on a pizza stone or baking sheet lined with lightly floured parchment paper.
  6. 5 Cover with lightly greased plastic wrap and preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  7. 6 Once oven is preheated and dough has risen slightly (about 20-30 minutes), remove plastic wrap and slash each baguette a couple times using a very sharp knife.
  8. 7 Place baguettes in oven, reduce heat to 375 degrees F and bake until golden brown, about 20-25 minutes. The bread should read about 210 degrees F with a thermometer when done.
  9. 8 Remove from oven, spritz with water and allow to cool on cooling rack
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