French Baguettes

There is nothing like homemade bread.  It has magical powers. It brings my family to the table, and smiles to faces.  My husband can have the worst day ever at work and smell warm bread when he walks in the door and instantly feel relaxed and happy. Homemade bread speaks volumes. And it doesn’t have to take long to make either.  You don’t need any special pans, but I really love using a baguette pan. It make bread as good as any bakeries and at under $20 I think it’s well worth the expense considering how much I save by never buying baguettes.  I use this baguette pan and love it.
FRENCH BAGUETTES
1 1/2 cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
1 1/2 T (2 packets) active dry yeast
2 tsp sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp salt
Melted butter for brushing loaves
Combine the water, yeast, and sugar together in a small bowl.
Let sit for about 5 minutes to bloom the yeast.
Mix the flour and salt together in a mixing bowl.
Gradually add the yeast mixture to the flour.
If the dough is too sticky, just add a little more flour.
Form dough into 2 or 3 long loaves and place on either a greased baguette pan or cookie sheet.
Cover with a dish towel and rise for 30 minutes in a warm spot.
Score loaves. (I like to make 3 or 4 long diagonal cuts on each loaf, or 1 long cut down the middle)
OPTIONAL: Put a pan of water on bottom rack of oven to create steam. I use a baguette pan, so I don’t think it’s necessary to get a good crust)
Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes, brushing with butter halfway through.
Brush with additional butter when finished baking for a softer crust.
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