Homemade French Baguettes

We are a bread loving family so trying to keep bread in the house while avoiding the supermarket is no easy task.

With time on my hands, I have tried repeatedly to make a nice loaf of bread with little to no success. But I did not give up and finally have a winner!

With a ham bone in the freezer and beans in the pantry I hear a call for a hearty bowl of soup with a slab of warm crusty bread. Enter… the experts at Food Network. From them I discovered a recipe with step-by-step videos. How can I go wrong?

Recipe on FoodNetwork.com

Ingredients

2 envelopes dry active yeast (1 1/2 tablespoons)
2 tablespoons honey
1 1/2 cups warm water (divided)
3 1/2 to 4 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
2 teaspoons salt
Canola oil, for greasing bowl
Cornmeal, for dusting pan
3 to 4 ice cubes

After mixing it up and putting the ball of dough into a bowl, I let it rise.

After about an hour it was ready to form into loaves, no kneading required.

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Dough shaped and ready for second rise

Covered then left them to sit for 45 minutes, until double in size, and they are ready for the oven.

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Crusty baquettes warm from the oven

After a few minutes, I brushed the tops with melted butter to give them a delicious shine. Pretty impressive don’t you think?

These came out amazing. While a nice crusty loaf of french bread might be yummy with soup, these baguettes would be great for appetizers or split lengthwise for a sandwich or as toasted garlic bread.

Now I am off to make the soup!

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