Easy crusty French bread | Baguette recipe

Easy crusty French bread | Baguette recipe

Baguette – This crusty French bread tastes delicious just by itself or with a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette. My favorite way to relish this bread is slices with a slather of homemade garlic butter.

This baguette requires only 5 ingredients – bread flour, water, butter, salt and dry yeast. Some people skip butter but it adds nice soft crumb and crispy crust making the bread absolutely delicious.

I used the Zojirushi bread machine to make dough but any bread machine works. If you don’t have bread machine, mix the dough in a stand mixer or knead it. What I like about Zojirushi is that it doesn’t require me to supervise anything. I just select the regular dough mode and when the dough is ready, the machine beeps to let me know.

The rest, knead, rise cycle takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. After which, you shape the dough into baguettes and let rise for another 45 minutes. After the second rise, you slash the dough using a lame or a very sharp knife and immediately bake at 450° F for about 25-30 minutes in a baguette pan. If you don’t have a baguette pan, use a cookie sheet or any other pan of appropriate length. Bread is baked alongside a dish filled with water to allow the bread to bake with moisture.

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Once baked, turn off oven, open the door to about 2 inches and let the bread cool with the oven. Take it out and enjoy freshly-baked bread.

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baguette

French baguettes

Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Bread machine time + Rise time 2 hrs 55 mins
Total Time 2 hrs 25 mins
Course Bread
Cuisine French
Servings 3 loaves

Equipment

  • Bread Machine – https://amzn.to/30W4qyq
  • Baguette bread pan – https://amzn.to/3lzcyN0

Ingredients
  

  • 1⅓ cups water
  • cups bread flour
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • tsp salt
  • 2 tsp active dry yeast

Instructions
 

  • In a bread machine pan, add water, butter, and flour.
  • Make a well in the flour, add yeast and salt so that yeast doesn't get wet.
  • Turn on the dough cycle.
  • After the cycle runs, take out the dough and make 3 parts.
  • Shape each portion into a baguette as shown in the video.
  • Transfer to a baguette pan or a regular pan.
  • Let the loaves rise for about 45 minutes upto 2 hours.
  • Preaheat your oven to 450°F or 235°C. Place water in an oven proof dish on the bottom rack.
  • Bake the baguettes on the middle rack above the pan of water for about 20 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and open the oven door.
  • Let the baguettes cool.
  • Once cool, take out the baguettes from the oven and enjoy!
Keyword Baguette, Crusty bread


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