Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Baguettes at home? Really?

I'm not much of a bread baker, but this recipe seemed so easy I had to try it.  It is very good for a home oven, is quick and easy.   I found it on Pinterest (of course) posted from Babble's  website you can find it there and below is my version.  It was a big hit and yes it is those ice cubes that make a big difference in the crispy crust.


Preheat oven to 400°

2 c very warm water (about 180°)
1 pkt yeast
2 T sugar
1 1/2 t salt
3-4 c flour
3-4 ice cubes

Stir first 3 ingredients together and sit in warm spot for 10 min. (preheating oven works fine).
Mix flour and salt add to mixture dough should be soft and sticky knead till elastic.  Section into 4 pieces and roll into cords, twist 2 together to form one baguette.  Score top of bread for a nice look.  If you like a glossy look brush dough with beaten egg before baking.
Bake on parchment lined baking sheet right away or you can allow to rise 15-30 min if you prefer.  When you place baking sheet into oven throw the ice cubes into a cast iron pan on bottom rack baking sheet should be on rack above that, keep oven door closed for 15 min check bread remove when outside crust is golden brown.