We used to buy baguettes a lot and eat bread and cheese with a glass of wine as a snack while cooking dinner. Lately, we have curbed that habit, which is probably for the best, but we still enjoy a fresh baguette every now and again. When I found this recipe on The Sisters' Cafe, I thought it was too good to be true. It seemed so easy! I decided that it would be a great accompaniment to our soup for dinner tonight. I couldn't believe how easy it was. Our apartment is always freezing, so I'm not sure that it rose properly (it didn't look as nice as the pictures on The Sisters' Cafe) but I went ahead and baked it off anyway. It was great!
1 1/2 cups Warm Water
2 packages Dry Yeast (1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 teaspoons Sugar
3 1/4 cups Flour (I used bread flour)
2 teaspoons Salt
In a small bowl, mix the warm water with the yeast and sugar. Let it sit for about 5 minutes, until there is foam on the top. In a stand mixer fitted with the dough hook attachment, mix the flour and salt. Gradually add the yeast mixture and combine until the dough becomes a smooth ball. Knead (with the dough hook) for about 5 minutes. Cut the dough in half and shape into two rectangles. Place them on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and let the dough rise for 30 minutes. With a very sharp knife, gently make a slash down the length of each baguette. Pour water into a cake pan and place it on the bottom of a 450 degree oven. Place the bread on the top rack and bake for 15 minutes. Half way through the baking process, brush the top of the bread with melted butter.