Baguette

A few years ago, in anticipation of baking baguettes, I bought a baguette pan. I think I’ve made one (not-so-great) baguette in that time, but I decided to try again. I have now acquired a bread maker from my former neighbor, and the recipe booklet included a recipe for baguettes. Put everything into the breadmaker, then – when it beeps – take it out, form into baguettes, rise, and bake (of course, using my baguette pan).

This time, it turned out great! I see more baguettes in our future! 🙂

Baguette

Baguette
From “Bread Bakery Automatic Bread Maker Cookbook”
Makes 16 slices

Ingredients:
2 cups bread flour
1 tsp salt
1 cup water
1 tsp unsalted butter
1 tsp yeast
1 egg white

Directions:
Place all ingredients except yeast and egg white in bread maker. Add yeast to yeast dispenser.

Press Menu and select “crisp.” Select “dough”, then press “start.”

When dough has been mixed, kneaded, and risen (about 4 hrs 15 min), remove from bread maker.

Place dough on a lightly floured surface. Cover with a clean cloth and let rest for 30 minutes.

Shape the dough into a rectangle, then roll up into a log. Seal the seam well. Taper ends. Place seam-side down on a greased baguette baking pan.

Sprinkle water on top. Let rise in a warm place for about 1 hour.

Preheat oven to 375.

Once dough has risen, make 3 or 4 diagonal cuts, approximately 1/4 inch deep across the top. Brush the baguette with beaten egg white.

Place a pan of boiling water into oven on lower rack. Place pan containing bread dough on the higher rack, and bake in 375 degree oven for 25-30 minutes or until golden brown.

Remove from oven, and cool at room temperature before slicing.

Nutritional info:
Calories: 65.0
Total Fat: 0.5 g
Saturated Fat: 0.2 g
Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1 g
Cholesterol: 0.6 mg
Sodium: 149.5 mg
Potassium: 17.2 mg
Total Carbohydrate: 12.4 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.4 g
Sugars: 0.0 g
Protein: 2.3 g

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