- 1 package dry yeast (about 2 1/4 teaspoons)
- 1 1/4 cups warm water (100° to 110°)
- 3 cups bread flour, divided (about 14 1/4 ounces)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- Cooking spray
- 1 teaspoon cornmeal
Dissolve yeast in warm water in a large bowl; let stand 5 minutes. Lightly spoon flour into dry measuring cups; level with a knife. Add 2 3/4 cups flour to yeast mixture; stir until a soft dough forms. Cover and let stand 15 minutes. Turn dough out onto a lightly floured surface; sprinkle evenly with salt. Knead until the salt is incorporated and the dough is smooth and elastic (about 6 minutes); add enough of remaining flour, 1 tablespoon at a time, to prevent dough from sticking to hands (dough will feel slightly sticky).
Place dough in large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in warm place (85°), 40 minutes or until doubled in size. (Gently press two fingers into dough. If an indentation remains, the dough has risen enough.) Punch dough down; cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide in half. Working with 1 portion at a time (cover remaining dough to prevent drying), roll each portion on a floured surface into 12-inch rope, slightly tapered at ends. Place ropes on large baking sheet sprinkled with cornmeal. Lightly coat dough with cooking spray, and cover; let rise 20 minutes or until doubled in size.
Preheat oven to 450°.
Uncover the dough. Cut 3 (1/4-inch-deep) diagonal slits across top of each loaf. Bake at 450° for 20 minutes or until browned on bottom and sounds hollow when tapped.
Bake warm, crusty French baguettes at home with this easy bread recipe.
- Yield: 2 loaves, 12 servings per loaf (serving size: 1 slice)
|Calories per serving:||53|
|Caloriesfromfat per serving:||3%|
|Fat per serving:||0.2g|
|Saturated fat per serving:||0.0g|
|Monounsaturated fat per serving:||0.1g|
|Polyunsaturated fat per serving:||0.1g|
|Protein per serving:||2.1g|
|Carbohydrate per serving:||11.2g|
|Fiber per serving:||0.5g|
|Cholesterol per serving:||0.0mg|
|Iron per serving:||0.8mg|
|Sodium per serving:||97mg|
|Calcium per serving:||1mg|
Good to Know
Dress up your homemade baguette with jam, reduced-fat peanut butter, olive oil or SmartBalance, for a nutritious breakfast or side.