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French baguettes dense

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Failing French "Bread"

October 22, 2011 - 11:25am -- ginviking

I am a new bread baker and am having a terrible time with French bread.  I am using Peter Reinharts recipe for French baguettes and following the recipe. I shaped the baguettes, placed them in a cloche and covered with plastic wrap.  After rising I removed the plastic wrap which stuck to the loaves and deflated them.  I went ahead and baked them anyway as I was afraid they wouldn't rise again, but the interior was dense and soggy.  What am I doing incorrectly?

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