Oh pinterest. I love you. My sister had pinned these amazing looking baguettes and made them a few days ago. She pretty much makes all her own bread products, everything that her family eats. Even for sandwiches. (I know – she’s crazy – you have no idea.) And they are all delicious and healthy. I love every single one.
Quick & Crusty French Baguettes
- 2 cups very warm water
- 1 packet yeast
- 2 tablespoons sugar
- 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
- 3-4 cups flour
Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Set the bowl on top of your preheating oven for ten minutes. Stir in the salt and add the flour a half-cup at a time, until the dough becomes soft but not sticky. Knead the dough until elastic. About 10 minutes.
Now for the SECRET: Fill a large bowl with 3-4 cups of ice. Open your hot oven and place the baking sheet with the baguettes inside, then toss the ice cubes on the bottom of the oven and quickly shut the door. Do NOT open your oven for 15 minutes. Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.
That’s it. Really. So easy. (And so good.) And the kids love helping knead.
They look great! I’ve been experimenting with making no-knead bread this week. The kneading intimidates me a little, but maybe in the fall when the weather is cooler I’ll try.
No way! I made a pot roast Tuesday and as Joe was devouring it he said “if you could just figure out how to make a french baguette you will have arrived”! Now I have a recipe to try!
Heather V says
aawwwee…thanks for the props! it really is an easy bread to make! and so yummy!!! The pretzels weren’t too hard…i am sure you could do it!!
Holla! That looks freaking amazing. Glad you could put the bowls to good use because life always needs a little fiesta 😉
Hope you have a happy happy birthday and are wearing cute socks.
ohhhh….fresh bread….you are a woman after my heart.
Laura Beth says
These will be a definite MUST! I LOVE the smell of fresh bread, and the taste…ahhH! Thanks for linking up!
Sweet Annabelle says
I ‘pinned’ your recipe! I’m new to Pinterest, but this is one of those recipes I’d like to try – although I’m yeast bread disabled at this point. Maybe this will finally be my triumph! Thanks,