Baking Bread

Baking bread has always been something that I've felt was way beyond my skill level. I can bake the occasional pumpkin or zucchini bread, but actual, real bread just seemed like too

much of a challenge for me.

My partner in crime has been asking about baguettes for weeks now. They were apparently a main staple for him back home in Costa Rica and it's been ages since he's had one. Since baguettes aren't something that I've really eaten much of, I had no idea where to get some, so instead, I decided to try my hand at making them.

I found a recipe here: Classic Baguettes | King Arthur Baking. It was a bit daunting. Total time for a baguette was about 19hrs which seemed ridiculous, but as my partner said, "that's why people buy them and not make them." So, I planned some time to tackle the baguette issue this weekend.

The directions were easy to follow and since I'm really good at following instructions, I had no issues in that department. King Author Baking even has videos on how to properly roll and form the dough if you're so inclined. I did not watch any of the videos, and I did not use King Arthur flour for my baguettes as I didn't have any in the house. My brother uses this brand of flour almost exclusively and raves about it so probably for my next baking adventure I will purchase some, but these baguettes came out pretty darn good for my first try. They're not the best looking baguettes you'll ever see, but they sure do taste great!

I highly recommend trying this recipe out. Don't be afraid of the process. Once you start, it's really not that hard at all. Give it a shot! I will definitely be making these again. Try a piece with some sour cream and a sprinkle of salt with a cup of coffee for a tasty Costa Rican breakfast! Yum!!!

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