Fresh Bread...nothing better!!!

Thanks, Jeff Hertzbert, for this recipe from your book, “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a day.” These baguettes couldn’t be easier to make. I can never believe that they turn out so well. I made 3 large ones…enough for a crowd…and they will be oh so tasty with the chicken soup I made!!! It’s Valentine’s Day here and this should be a chocolate treat or something in the shape of a heart but…I’m sure these will go down just as easily.

3 c. lukewarm water
8 c. all purpose flour
1 T. salt (regular table salt)
1 T. instant yeast
Place the water in a dough bucket . Mix flour, salt and yeast in a large bowl. Put 1/2 of the flour mixture in the water and stir to combine. Add the rest of the flour and stir until there are no dry spots left. With wet hands, turn the dough over a few times. Put the lid on the dough bucket and let sit for about 2 hours. Remove the dough and divide into 3 parts. I use a scale for this. With greased hands, shape dough into 3 disks. Let them rest on greased plastic wrap about 15 minutes then fold lengthwise and seal the edges. Shape them into a long loaf and place on a baguette pan lined with parchment. Cover again and let rise about 1 1/2 hours. Slash each loaf about 4-5 times and spray with water. Bake 25 to 30 minutes at 425 degrees F (or 450 if you are not using the baguette pan which requires a lower temp). Makes 3 and you can see how lovely they turn out!!!