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Classic Baguette

  • Intermediate
  • 2 baguettes
  • 3 hr 45 min
Baking Success Or Baking Mess

Ingredients

4-3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 (2-1/4 tsp.) envelope Fleischmann's® Quick Rise Yeast
2 teaspoons sugar
1-1/2 teaspoons salt
1-1/4 cups water
1/2 cup milk
2 tablespoons shortening OR butter
2 tablespoons cornmeal (optional)

Instructions

Combine 3-3/4 cups flour, undissolved yeast, sugar and salt in mixing bowl and mix well.


Heat water, milk and shortening to 120°F to 130°F. Add warm liquids to dry mixture; mix well until well blended. Gradually add enough reserved flour to form a soft ball of dough. Turn dough onto floured surface.


Knead (with reserved flour) for about 10 minutes or until dough is smooth and elastic. Cover; let rest 10 minutes.


Divide dough in half. Roll each half to a 16 X 10-inch rectangle. Roll up lengthwise, as for a jelly roll. Grease baking sheets; sprinkle with cornmeal if desired. Place each loaf on baking sheets. Cover; let rise until double, about 30 to 40 minutes.


Preheat oven to 400°F. Brush loaves with cold water. Slash top of loaves diagonally about 1/4-inch deep and 2 inches apart. Bake for 15 minutes. Brush again with cold water. Bake for 10 minutes more, or until golden brown. Cool on wire racks.


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