French Wheat Baguettes


1 pkt Dry yeast
1 teaspoon Sugar
1 1/2 cups Warm water, divided, 105 to 115 degrees
3 1/4 cups Bread flour
1 1/2 teaspoons Salt
1 tablespoon Cornmeal


Dissolve yeast and sugar in 1/2 cup warm water in a small bowl; let stand 5 minutes.
Place bread flour, whole-wheat flour, and salt in food processor, and pulse 4 times or until blended. With processor on, slowly add yeast mixture and remaining 1 cup warm water through food chute; process until dough leaves sides of bowl and forms a ball. Process 15 additional seconds.
Turn the dough out onto a lightly floured surface, and knead 3 or 4 times.
Place the dough in a large bowl coated with cooking spray, turning to coat top. Cover and let rise in a warm place (85 degrees), free from drafts, 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
Punch the dough down, and turn out onto a lightly floured surface; knead 3 or 4 times. Cover and let rest 5 minutes. Divide the dough in half, and roll each portion into a 17 x 9-inch rectangle. Roll up each rectangle, starting with a long edge, pressing firmly to eliminate air pockets; pinch ends to seal. Place each roll, seam side down, in an 18-inch-long baguette pan coated with cooking spray and sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover and let rise 45 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
Uncover the dough; using a sharp knife, make 6 diagonal cuts 1/4 inch deep across top of loaves. Spray loaves with water. Bake at 400 degrees for 25 minutes or until loaves sound hollow when tapped. Remove from pans; cool on wire racks.
Yield: 2 loaves, 12 servings per loaf.
NOTES : To make in 9 x 5-inch loaf pans, roll dough into 2 (14 x 8-inch)
Rectangles; roll up into loaves. Let rise until doubled. Bake at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.




24.0 servings


Saturday, February 27, 2010 - 3:05am



Related Cooking Videos