Chewy French Baguette
I don't bake with bread flour or rapid yeast, and I don't have a bread machine. This is a pretty good loaf using things I already have. One might call it 'French on a budget' bread. This recipe can make 1 big loaf or 6 sandwich rolls. I find they're best served warm with homemade butter.
Some schools of thought remove water from oven before setting loaves in, some leave it in. Whatever you prefer is fine; I've always read that you need a moist oven for a proper French crust.