|Quick and Crusty French Baguettes|
Thanks to Pinterest, I found this really easy (only slightly modified) recipe, originally posted on Babble.com.
• 2 cups very warm water
• 1 packet yeast (2 1/4 tsp)
• 2 tablespoons sugar
• 1 1/2 teaspoon salt
• 3-4 cups flour
1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
2. In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Yeast can be a little tricky. Here's my secret:
|I am guilty of killing many a yeast particle...until I learned to use water that was exactly 95 degrees.|
|The heat from the stove will help activate the yeast.|
|Your yeast should look nice and frothy, like this. If you still see cloudy water, give it another 5 minutes. If it doesn't look like this, you've killed the yeast and need to try again.|
|While I aspire to owning a Kitchen Aid mixer, for now I do everything by hand. Keep adding flour until you can knead the dough without it sticking to your fingers.|
6. Roll each of them into four long, thin ropes.
|Clearly I need more practice with play dough.|
|Close up of the part of my twist that looks impressive.|
|As I rolled my dough, I ended up having to make a third twist because of the size of my oven sheet.|
|This is only 15 minutes of rising.|
|Be careful removing the water tray when you're done!|
Eet Smakelijk! Or, in this case, bon appetit!