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Baguette / Crusty Bread

My first attempt on baking baguette / crusty bread, look at the photos.. needless to say.. it turned out great! really happy with ample of satisfaction. ;)



Ingredients:

1 tsp dry yeast
1 tsp sugar
2 1/2 salt
1 1/2 cup warm water
4 to 4 1/2 cup all purpose flour ( bread flour is even better)

Method:

1.In a large bowl sprinkle yeast and sugar over warm water and wait till it turns frothy. (around 3 to 5mins)
2.Stir in 2 cups flour with wooden spoon until combined then stir in salt and 2 cups of remaining flour until mixture forms a thick and sticky dough.
3.On a lightly floured surface knead dough with lightly floured hands about 8 mins, or until thick,sticky and elastic, add the remaining flour if needed.(if you are using machine, just combine all the ingredients and knead for about 5mins)
4.Place dough in a greased bowl, turning to coat all sides and cover with cling wrap, and let rise in room temperature until it rises double in size, it takes about 1 1/2 hrs.
5.When the dough is fully risen, punch down dough and transfer to slightly floured worktop to knead for about 4mins to 5mins.
6. Roll the dough into a loaf and cut to 4 portions (depending on how many and how big you want it to be, cut the portion according to your own preference; as my big oven already kaput, i can only bake with the small oven, hence, i have to make it the 4 instead of 2.) roll each portion gently to a long small loaf shape as shown below.

Line the baking tray with greased baking /parchment paper.Place the dough gently on the grease baking /parchment paper and let it rise at room temperature for 30mins.
7. While waiting for the dough to rise, preheat the oven at 200c, and once the dough has risen, make 3 or 4 diagonal slashes with a sharp knife and give a light brush of cold water and pop them into the oven and bake for 25mins to 30mins.(or until golden brown)
8. Once the bread is ready, remove from oven and sprinkle s little flour on top of the bread.

The bread goes well with creamy soup or serve with butter...yum.......



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