Step 5: Rest and Bake
Shape it into a ball.
Cover the bowl of dough with paper towel, and let rise for half an hour, or until it doubles in size.
Punch down the dough.
Shape it into a ball again, and cover with paper towel and let rise for another 30 minutes.
Now is as good of a time as any to turn your oven onto 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
I make 2 smaller baguettes. Cut the dough into 2 pieces. Then stretch and shape the dough into a log. If you have the fancy bread pan, place it in there, if not, place them on a cookie sheet with corn meal on the bottom. When the dough is ready for baking, take a knife and slice the top of the dough. I find that a single cut that runs from end to end works best.
Once your bread is ready to go in the oven, or so you think, let the bread rise another 10 minutes or so. Then you will be ready to bake!!!
Then place the bread in the oven for 10 minutes.
When it comes out, brush the bread with cold water.
Lower the temperature to 375 degrees and bake until golden brown. Typically around 15-20 minutes.
When you are done, eat and enjoy!!!