Italian Bread (baguette style)
I have been looking for a good recipe for Italian bread (baguette style). I have been experimenting with many recipes and finally came down to this one. It is simple to make and delicious to eat. If you do not have a bread maker, just use a mixer and then knead the dough. Dan Locaputo shared his Italian bread recipe with me, and it was quite sophisticated. I cut down on a number of the procedures and ingredients to fit my personal tastes (I also set up the recipe for a bread maker). But I owe Dan a big thanks for getting me started on Italian bread making.
Ingredients (2 loaves):
- 1 package (0.25 oz) dry active yeast
- 1 1/3 cups warm water (between 110 and 115 degrees F)
- 4 cups unbleached all-purpose flour
- 1 tablespoon light brown sugar
- 1 ½ teaspoons salt
- 1 ½ teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
In the bread maker, mix the warm water and yeast thoroughly and let stand about 5 minutes until it is creamy .
Place the flour, sugar, olive oil, and salt in with the yeast mixture in this order and turn the breadmaker on to mix and knead the dough (about 15 minutes).
The bread maker kneading away.
On a cutting board or lightly floured surface, cut the dough in half. With your hands roll the bread out into a long baguette about 12 to 14 inches. Do the same with the other half of the dough. Sprinkel cornmeal onto a cooking sheet and move both loaves to the sheet. Cover with a damp cool towel and let stand for 45 minutes (until the dough has doubled in size approximately).
Rolling the dough.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Cut a thin line along the top of each loaf with a serrated knife and cook for 35 minutes (until bread sounds hollow when tapped). Some like to mix an egg white with a tablespoon of water and coat the top of the loaves 30 minutes into the cooking. But I don't like the taste and do not recommend this.
The loaves of dough.
It helps alot ... I love this ... and i'm making it ... Thanks for hav posting ... ^^