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“Baking bread can be really, really simple. Just let yourself give this recipe a shot - I never get really beautiful-looking baguettes out of this, but I do get delicious fresh bread straight from the oven.”
READY IN:
2hrs 20mins
YIELD:
4 loaves
UNITS:
US

Ingredients Nutrition

Directions

  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir with a fork. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture, and stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups water. Mix the dough until it's sticky enough to knead.
  3. On a lightly-floured surface knead for 6-10 minutes. The dough will be sticky and smooth. Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a baguette, and transfer teh loaves to a lightly-greased baking sheet (you can use butter to grease). Let rise until doubled.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  6. Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pyrex dish or pan and set in preheated oven next to the baguettes. Bake 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400 and bake another 5 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool before slicing.

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