From The Notchland Inn, Harts Location, NH
Whisk all the ingredients together in a bowl. Let sponge rise until it has doubled in bulk, about 30 to 60 minutes.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. In a mixer bowl, swirl the ingredients with a dough hook. Add sponge and mix 8 to 10 minutes on very low speed, or knead by hand.
Let dough rise again until it has doubled in bulk, punch it down, and turn out onto a counter or large cutting board.
Grease a cookie sheet. Shape dough into long baguettes the length of your cookie sheet, about 1-½ inches in diameter. Slash and let rise again, 15 to 30 minutes. Bake about 30 minutes.