Can I Make a "Baguette"?
Updated: Aug 28
I was sitting around watching YouTube and this recipe from Ninik Becker for a fresh baguette came up -- using only 4 ingredients! I couldn't believe it. I had the 4 ingredients at my place and one of the steps is letting the dough rise overnight, so I thought I'll just do this before I go to bed and see what happens. :)
I have made homemade bread before. :) I made sandwich bread to make this awesome Cheesy Bread Cube that I made after trying to recreate Tasty's Eating the Feed. It's really fun to make! Check out those posts.
Mar. 21 is also French Bread Day! Some interesting tidbits about French Bread below.
NATIONAL FRENCH BREAD DAY
"National French Bread Day is enjoyed by millions across the United States each year on March 21st.
French bread, also known as a baguette, is a long thin loaf made from basic lean dough. It is defined by its length and its crisp crust. Over time, French law has established what is and what is not a baguette. Beginning in 1920 a labor law prevented bakers from starting their day before 4 a.m. Bakers adjusted by shaping their loaves of bread, so they baked more quickly and evenly. As a result, the long, narrow loaves were found to be convenient for slicing and storing.
The French are known for their high standards where culinary arts are concerned. To preserve quality in their bread, laws were passed requiring minimum quantities of certain quality ingredients in each loaf of bread."
I just made a half-recipe.
- Bread Flour
That's it! 4 Ingredients!
I mixed the yeast and water together. Using yeast is always like a fun science experiment to me. I never think it's going to work, haha! But it has so far.
I added the flour and made the dough. Then I let it rest overnight.
The next morning I was pleasantly surprised that the dough did double in size!
The amount I made was enough for 2 loaves. I shaped the dough into 2 halves and then let it rest again.
There is a trick about putting a baking with water under the baking pan that you are using for baking the bread. You can check it out in the video. I did that and then baked the bread for about ~20-25 min. at 450 degrees.
RESULT: Success! :)
We are good at this! I was pleasantly surprised at how the bread came out when I took it out of the oven. Nice golden-brown bread loaves! It was tasty too!
Baking bread takes awhile, but there is not much active work to it. The reason it takes awhile to make is because you have to let the dough rise or rest.
But since everyone is sitting around now anyways; it's a good time to try it.
Give it a try! We are good at this!