I know JeffreyW has had one of these for years, including one for baguettes, but just before the holidays, I finally took it out of my wishlist and put it into my cart to purchase.
For only fifteen dollars, this is a great addition to my baking tools. It effortlessly makes two perfect loaves of French bread. Paired with my favorite bread recipe (here), bread was a hit on Christmas Eve.
What I really like is how simple it is. After the first rise (12 hours in my case) you shape the loaves, place them in the lightly oiled French bread pan, let rise again for ninety-minutes, do an egg wash and bake. No proofing cloths, no flat, shapeless loaves on a baking sheet. Just yummy, perfectly shaped loaves, golden brown on all sides thanks to the perforations.
I also made loaves to give away in my holiday food packages with berry jam.
Just writing about it makes me want to put together another batch.