Crusty French Baguettes in 4 hours is a recipe all bread lovers should have in their file. No starter is necessary! You can make your bread and eat it all in the same day. The loaf’s aroma is heavenly and the crusty baguette’s taste and crumb are equal to the baguette with the two-day process.
Crusty French Baguettes a quick start
The minute I saw the recipe for a 4-hour baguette I said, “We’re making French baguettes.”
“We don’t have time to make a starter and bake bread,” said Honey. “We’re going to be out of town tomorrow, or have you forgotten?”
“No, I haven’t forgotten and we do have the time. This Crusty French Baguettes recipe doesn’t require a starter We can get it done today,” I said. I got up and went to the cabinet to grab the all-purpose flour.
Honey followed me and said, “If that’s the case, the bread dough will need all day to rise.”
Crusty French Baguettes – 4-hour intermittent attention
“Nope,” I said. “The total amount of time to make the loaves is four hours. It says here that Dan Leader, the chef who developed the recipe, wanted home cooks to have the time and equipment to make a baguette like the professional bakeries.”
Honey reached into the cabinet above the refrigerator and pulled out the digital scale. “Okay, let’s time this and see how long it takes. How much flour do we need?”
“We need 14 2/3 ounces of flour. But the recipe starts off with measuring 12 ounces of warm water and whisking in 1 teaspoon of active dry yeast. We let that sit until foamy. He says about 10 minutes.”
Dan Leader was right. The recipe flowed together smoothly and most of the time we spent waiting for the dough to rise.
Crusty French Baguettes forming and baking
Soon it was time to form the bread and heat the oven. The directions were very similar to most of the artisan bread recipes we’d made:
- Place a cast-iron skillet or heavy pan on the bottom rack of the oven.
- Place a rack above the lower one and place a baking stone or rimless pan on it.
- Heat oven to 475°F.
- Cut dough into 3-equal pieces and shape the dough.
- Place dough on parchment paper, lifting paper in-between the loaves to keep them from sticking.
- Cover loosely with plastic wrap and let double in size.
- Slash the top of the loaves with lame, scissors, or razor.
- Slide loaves onto baking stone or pan.
- Place ice cubes in skillet or pan.
Bake the loaves until darkly browned and crisp, 20 to 30 minutes.
Crusty French Baguettes a keeper recipe
The aroma was heavenly. We took the loaves out of the oven and they looked just like the loaves you’d find in a French bakery. The crust was toffee-colored and when we finally cut into a loaf the inside was honeycombed.
The best part? The taste!!!!!!! It was wonderful. This recipe is one that we now make on a regular basis. Whenever the desire for a delicious baguette overcomes us, we have a recipe that we can make in no time at all. We also made sandwich rolls out of this recipe.
Give the Crusty French Baguettes recipe a try — it’s not difficult and it’s so rewarding to treat yourself to homemade baguettes.
We have more soup recipes coming up and homemade baguettes would be perfect with those bowls of comfort.
Tutti a tavola è pronto!
Un caro saluto e alla prossima.
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