Did you know you can make French Baguette at home and it is incredibly easy?!!! Yes, it’s true! It will only take you about 5 minutes of preparation and the result is just like the real thing!
I just made my first baguettes, and I can’t believe how great they turned out! I am so excited to share this amazing recipe with all of you!!!
This incredibly easy French Baguette recipe is known as “La Baguette Magique de Rose”. You can find the recipe in French here. Rose is a fellow blogger who invented the recipe. She called it magic because of how incredibly easy it is to make!
And the ingredients are easy to find, even in the US!
|0.4 oz (12g) Fresh Yeast|
|13 oz. (375g) All Purpose Flour|
|0.3 oz. (8g) Salt|
|10 fl.oz. (300ml.) Warm Water|
In case you are wondering what Fresh Yeast is, it looks like this:
I found it in the refrigerated section of my grocery store, right next to the sliced cheeses. Fresh Yeast needs to be refrigerated. You need to watch the expiration date as it expires quickly. (Note: if you live in an area where Fresh Yeast is difficult to find, you can buy it online on the New York Bakers website.)
The Flour you need for the baguettes is just regular all purpose flour, the same flour you would use to make a cake. All the other ingredients are straight-forward, you probably already have them in your kitchen.
In terms of utensils, you don’t really need much either: just a big salad bowl, a wooden spoon and a kitchen towel. The only thing you need that you probably don’t have yet, is a baguette pan. You can find it on Amazon. It is relatively inexpensive, and well worth it! This is the one I bought:
Making the Baguettes
Step 1: Dilute the fresh yeast in the 10 fl.oz. (300ml.) of warm water. (The water should be warm, but not hot. I put mine in the microwave for 1 minute, and the temperature was just right.) This is what it should look like:
Step 2: Add the flour and the salt. Mix with a wooden spoon.
You are now done with the prep work!
Step 3: Cover the bowl with a kitchen towel:
Let it sit covered for 1 hour and 30 minutes. During that time, the dough should rise (double in size), and look like this:
Step 4: Pour the dough directly into the Baguette Pan (put parchment paper on the pan to prevent the baguettes from sticking). The dough makes multiple baguettes. (I had enough dough for 3 baguettes.)
Step 5: Cut little dents in the dough with scissors or a knife.
Step 6: Put water in your oven’s dripping pan. If your oven does not have a dripping pan, you can put a pot of water or a baking pan full of water in the bottom of your oven. This is what I did, as my oven does not have a dripping pan:
Step 7: Preheat oven to 460 degrees Fahrenheit.
Step 8: Once the oven is at the right temperature, put the baguettes in the oven for 35 minutes. And that is it! You now have wonderful homemade French Baguettes!
Delicious! Enjoy them with butter or cheese or whatever your heart desires!