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About a year ago, I found a double French baguette pan at a thrift store. I wasn’t sure if I’d use the perforated non stick steel and aluminum pan, but I decided to buy it anyway. These pans are hard to find secondhand. So, at home  I stashed it in my basement and didn’t use it until I found some serious inspiration in the mailbox this week.

My Early Fall 2009 King Arthur flour catalog arrived. The cover features a sandwich made with a No Knead Baguette.  The recipe for the baguettes, which was adapted from “Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day,”  was in the catalog. With little delay I decided to mix up a batch of the dough.  It was a simple operation that yielded a lot of dough with little effort. I simply had to mix water, flour, salt and yeast together in a large bucket which sat at room temp for two hours and then rested overnight in the fridge.

The next day, around 7 am, I found it easy to form the dough into baguettes, let them proof and then bake in a hot oven. 

When my daughter couldn’t be pried out of bed that morning, I decided to enter her room with a warm crusty baguette fresh from the oven.  This worked because she opened her eyes and actually responded with a “Yummmm….”   She was out of bed in a flash and bellying up to the breakfast table before her brothers beat her to the freshly baked baguettes at hand.

So, aside from being easy, these No Knead Baguettes can multitask as a teen friendly alarm clock.

For more info and the recipe see the King Arthur website.

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