About this recipe:I'm going to show you how to make delicious baguettes - the world's most beloved and well-known bread. This recipe makes 4 baguettes which have a perfect, mild oniony taste. They are great for picnics, sandwiches or for serving with soup. If you like this recipe - you can find more just like it in my new book 'One More Slice'. See footnote for more details.
For the starter: crumble the yeast in a mixing bowl, add dissolve in the water.
Add the flour and mix it until the loose dough is smooth. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and let it rise for at least 4 hours at room temperature or overnight in the fridge.
For the next stage: crumble 15g of fresh yeast into a mixing bowl, add the water and mix.
Add the starter, salt, sugar and then the flour until it holds together. Add in the finely chopped onion that has been cooked in butter. Work the dough in a mixer at low speed for about 15 minutes. Let the dough rise under a cloth for around 1 1/2 hours.
Turn the dough out onto a well-floured surface, divide it into 4 pieces and carefully press each piece into a rectangular shape with your fingers. Fold the long side of each rectangle, roll it up and shape the ends into points.
Twist the baguettes once and place them on a well oiled baking tray. Cover with a cloth and let them rise again, for about an hour.
Preheat the oven to 240 degrees C /gas 9. Slice the other onion into thin rings.
Brush the baguettes with water and sprinkle with onion rings and sea salt.
Immediately place the tray in the middle of the oven.
When the baguettes have gained a little colour, lower the oven temperature to 200 degrees C / gas 6. Bake until the breads have been in the oven for a total of around 30 minutes, then let them cool on a rack.