I've made this recipe so many times by now and it always turns out great. I don't have a breadmaker so I just mix in the yeast, water, and sugar until the mixture gets foamy (about 10 minutes). Then I add everything else, let it rise until it's doubled (45min-1hr), punch it down, roll it out, and roll it into baguettes. I let them rise until they've doubled again (another 45min or so). Then coat them with egg yolk and 1tbs water so that they turn golden brown in the oven, and I throw them in. I tried coating them with milk once since I've heard that works as well, but they didn't look as nice.