Traditional Artisan Style Baguette - Rustic French Bread

Traditional Artisan Style Baguette - Rustic French Bread

Traditional Artisan Style Baguette - Rustic French Bread

Ingredients:

1 (1/4 ounce) packet active dry yeast
1 tablespoon organic honey
1 1⁄2 cups warm water
2 teaspoons natural sea salt
4 -41⁄2cups unbleached all-purpose flour


Directions:

1. Place the yeast, honey and warm water in a large bowl and let stand until foamy, about 5 minutes.

2. In a separate bowl, whisk together the salt and the flour. Use a wooden spoon to stir 2 cups of the flour mixture into the yeast mixture; stir in the remaining flour mixture (dough will be stiff).

3. Turn out onto a lightly floured work surface. Knead with floured hands until dough is smooth and elastic, about 5-7 minutes. Add a little flour, 1 tablespoon at a time as necessary, to prevent dough from sticking.

4. Place in an oiled bowl, turning once to coat. Cover with plastic wrap (or a clean kitchen towel) and leave to rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.

5. Preheat oven to 400F degrees

6. Gently punch dough down to deflate it and shape into two oblong baguettes. Dust tops lightly with flour and place on a lightly greased baking sheet; let rise uncovered for 30 minutes.

7. Use a serrated knife to cut 3-5 small diagonal slits across the tops of the baguettes, and lightly sprinkle with cool water.

8. Bake in the middle of oven for 25-30 minutes, until golden. Transfer to a rack to cool.

9. Best eaten the same day.