If I had to choose a favorite bread, baguettes would be the winner. Baguettes were the first bread that I ever made and therefore are the foundation of my bread baking obsession. You may have thought that making delicious baguettes would be daunting, but this recipe makes baking baguettes easy! The only thing that stands between you and some delicious baguettes is 4 ingredients and about 2.5 hours. I promise, they are as simple as can be!
The best part about this recipe? The dough can be stored in the refrigerator for up to a week. I often double this recipe and keep the extra in the fridge throughout the week, so when the bread cravings hit, I am ready.
In the oven
In order to get that signature crispy baguette crust, we need a hot oven and steam. Placing a bowl of water on the bottom shelf of the oven will create the steam we need. My method is to fill a bread loaf pan half way full with water then place it to the oven while it pre-heats and leave it in there while it bakes, which will give us the results we need.
- 3 cups lukewarm water ~100F or below
- 1 tbsp yeast
- 1 tbsp salt
- 6 cups all purpose flour
- In a large bowl, add the yeast and salt to the lukewarm water and mix with a spoon until combined.
- Add all of your flour at once to the liquid mixture and stir until combined.
- Cover the dough and let rise until doubled in size (about 2 hours)
- Preheat oven to 450F. Fill an oven safe pan half way with cold water then place it in the oven while it preheats on the bottom rack. (I use a loaf pan)
- Pull off a large chunk of the dough and shape into a baguette.
- Brush or spray the baguettes with water and slice the top diagonally with a knife. Let the baguettes rise on the counter for about 30 minutes while the oven preheats.
- Bake 25-30 minutes until golden brown.