-The exact amount of flour needed is dependent on many factors such as humidity and type of flour. Keep a small portion of flour aside and add by the tablespoon until the dough is smooth yet still tacky. By all means, use a stand mixer fitted with a dough hook to knead the dough if desired.
-Use an upside-down baking tray if you do not have a rimless one.
-A baguette pan is an inexpensive investment that allows the loaves to brown evenly on all sides.