We love homemade bread around here. I love when it is easy, cheap and quick to make. That way the boys feel like I did something special for them, and I feel like I got off easy. This recipe does all of those things and is yummy too. Total win!
This bread can be made with a mixer or by hand. Since I love my kitchen slave, aka bosch mixer, I will be showing you with that. However, it isn’t hard to do by hand, so don’t feel you have to have a fancy dancy mixer in order to make this bread.
First, you need to sprinkle your yeast over your warm water. I also sprinkle the sugar over it at this time in order to feed the yeast and help it to grow.
Once the yeast is foamy, go ahead and mix things up just a bit. A turn or two is all you need.
Now add your salt.
Add the flour.
Mix it all up. The dough will come together and once it does that, it is time to knead.
Dump your dough onto a lightly floured counter. Knead it a few times until it forms a ball and isn’t quite so sticky. It doesn’t take long.
You should have a ball similar to this.
Divide it into two equal sections.
Roll and form each section into a baguette.
Place your baguettes onto a baguette pan that has been lightly sprayed with non-stick cooking spray. (You can also just use a couple of flat baking sheets if you don’t have a baguette pan, but I have found this pan to be a worthwhile purchase. We use it all the time, and it really wasn’t expensive.)
Now, cut and form a crease down the middle of each baguette.
Cover with a cloth, and let it rise until it is doubled in bulk. This takes about 30 minutes.
Now your baguettes are ready to bake! Place them in a 450 degree oven and bake for 15 minutes.
Remove baked baguettes from oven.
Brush the tops with melted butter.
Now they are ready to eat! Don’t they look pretty?
Slice each baguette at an angle.
Now all you need is some butter! Yum!
- 1 1/2 Cups warm water (105-115 degrees)
- 1 1/2 TB (or 2 packets) active dry yeast
- 2 tsp. sugar
- 3 Cups all-purpose flour
- 1 tsp. salt
- Melted butter, for brushing on top of loaves
- In a mixing bowl, combine the warm water and the yeast. Sprinkle the sugar on top, and let stand for 5 minutes or until bubbly and foamy.
- Add the salt and flour. Stir to combine.
- Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface and knead until the dough is smooth and elastic.
- Cut the dough into 2 equal halves. Shape into baguettes.
- Grease a baguette pan and place loaves in the pan. Cut and form a crease down the center of each loaf. Cover with a dish towel and let rise for about 30 minutes or until it is doubled in bulk.
- Preheat oven to 450 degrees.
- Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes or until they have a hollow sound when tapped with a knife. Brush the tops of the loaves with melted butter.
- This bread is best served the day you make it. You can use leftovers for french toast the next morning if desired.