1 1/2 cups warm water
1 1/2 T. instant yeast
2 tsp. sugar
3 1/4 cups flour
2 tsp. salt
In a small bowl combine the Instant yeast with 1 cup flour and set aside. In a large mixing bowl combine the warm water, sugar, salt,and 1 1/2 cups flour. Mix well. Add the flour yeast mixture and mix for 2- 3 minutes. Then add the remaining flour and mix until dough becomes a soft ball dump on a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes. Cut the dough in half and shape each half into a baguette. Place on a lightly greased cookie sheet. Cover and let rise for 30 minutes. Preheat oven to 450. With a very sharp serrated knife gently make a slash down the length of each baguette. This will give it the authentic look.
Bake the bread for 15 minutes. Half way throught, brush the bread with melted butter. Brittany over at My sister's Cafe said she tried olive oil also but it was less crispy and not as good as the one she put butter on so you choose. Like I said before I sprinkled the tops of mine after they cooked with parmesan garlic seasoning. We ate this bread with pasta.
I made a toasted sandwich the next day for lunch with the leftover bread and it was amazing. I just toasted it in the oven on Broil (with the meat and cheese on it) and then put avocado, tomato, and fresh lettuce or spinach on it. doesn't that look amazing!!