This recipe ROCKS!!!! I am an accomplished cook/chef in many areas but have always steered clear of bread...just always thought it would be difficult, etc. Because it is so expensive in both the bakery & supermarket, I always assumed it meant that bread baking is a difficult art to master.
Well, out of necessity...(my elderly mother who is diabetic, and is now in end stage renal failure, and on a severely restrictive sodium diet), I realized that if I don't make bread for her, she will buy the high sodium stuff in the store.
So, I tried this recipe tonight, and it's all I can do to keep myself from eating it all up myself. One thing I did different, and it's only because I perused at least 15 recipes prior to deciding on this one. Whenever I've purchased baguettes at the bakery, they've always had this yellow crunchy stuff on the bottom, and sprinkled on the top. One recipe I came across mentioned sprinkling cornmeal on the baking sheet before placing the baguettes on it. A lightbulb went off in my head...hahahaha
So, I went to the local health food store, and bought some pollenta/corn meal. I sprayed the baking sheet with oil., then sprinkled the sheet with the pollenta/cornmeal. I then rolled the baguettes in it. After that, I did the egg yolk wash. As a finishing touch, I lightly sprinkled some of the pollenta/corn meal on the top of each loaf.
As I already mentioned, I've been eating it like crazy. Absolutely killed me to finally vacuum seal one loaf for my parents.
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This recipe ROCKS!!!! I am an accomplished cook/chef in many areas but have always steered...