Variation of All Recipes.com French Baguette recipe. Makes 2 12-inch loaves.
1 cup warm water
1 tablespoon yeast
1 tablespoon sugar
1 teaspoon salt
2 1/2 cups flour
Combine warm water, yeast and sugar. Let stand 5 minutes.
Stir in salt and add flour little by little until dough is firm enough to knead. Knead for 5-10 minutes, adding flour as necessary - goal is for a soft dough. Cover, leave in a warm place and let rise until doubled. (1 hour)
Lightly grease a cookie sheet. Punch down the dough, divide into two portions. Roll the dough into an oblong, then roll until a log shape. Pinch the ends together to seal it. Make a slits diagonally across the loaf with a knife. Repeat with the second portion of dough. Cover the loaves and allow to rise for about a half hour. Preheat oven to 375. Bake for about 20 minutes or until loaves are golden brown.