Mix flour and water and autolyse for 20 minutes (this just means mix the flour and water and let sit for 20 minutes before adding the yeast and salt).
Add yeast and mix by folding dough in the bowl.
Add salt and mix by folding dough in the bowl.
Mix dough by folding and stretching in the bowl for 20 strokes. Repeat this 3 more times at 20 minute intervals. Find instructional video here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VXDULjx30Wc
Refrigerate dough, covered tightly, for 21 hours.
Divide into 4 equal parts and preshape gently for baguettes.
Allow preshaped pieces to rest, covered with plastic, for 1 hour.
Shape into ficellas (short, thin baguettes).
Proof en couche or on parchment paper dusted with semolina for 45 minutes.
Pre-heat oven to 500°F with baking stone in middle rack and a cast iron skillent and a metal loaf pan on the lowest rack. Preheat 45 minutes or longer before baking.
3-5 minutes before baking, place a handful of ice cubes in the loaf pan. Shut the oven door. Bring water to a boil.
Transfer the ficelles to a peel and load them onto the baking stone. Pour one cup of boiling water into the skillet. Close the oven door.
Turn the oven down to 480°F.
After 10 minutes, remove the loaf pan and the skillet from the oven.
Continue baking for another 10-15 minutes until the loaves are nicely colored, the crust is hard all around and the bottom gives a hollow sound when tapped. Internal temp should be at least 205°F.
Cool on a rack completely before slicing.
Variations on Bouabsa's formula, adding 100 grams of sourdough starter and substituting 10% rye or whole wheat flour for an equal amount of white flour, make a delicious pain de campagne.
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|Serving Size: 1 Serving (386g)|
|Recipe Makes: 1 Servings|
|Calories from Fat: 4 (13%)|
|Amt Per Serving||% DV|
|Total Fat 0.4g||1 %|
|Saturated Fat 0.1g||1 %|
|Monounsaturated Fat 0.2g|
|Polyunsanturated Fat 0.1g|
|Cholesterol 0mg||0 %|
|Sodium 16.6mg||1 %|
|Potassium 168.3mg||4 %|
|Total Carbohydrate 7.2g||2 %|
|Dietary Fiber 3.1g||12 %|
|Sugars, other 4.2g|
|Protein 1.8g||3 %|
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Calories per serving: 31
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