French Baguettes

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French Baguettes are homemade stick loaves of French bread with a crispy crust and soft, chewy texture baked to a golden brown.

Ingredients

  • 2 ½ cups bread flour
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 tablespoon white sugar
  • 1 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • cooking spray
  • 1 egg yolk
  • 1 tablespoon water

Instructions

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


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