homemade baguette

For the record, these yummy French breads stole a couple of my sleeping hours when I made it almost a week ago.  I had to start late because of a family gathering, but I was sooo excited and couldn’t wait until next morning comes, so I grabbed my ingredients from the fridge and started baking at 9pm until around 2AM. C’mon! Eyebags don’t care! 🙂

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This recipe creates the same texture of baguettes we see in bakeshops and bakeries – crusty on the outside but soft on the inside. The secret? Water. (Pls. check out the recipe below to know how)

I love my French bread with butter and strawberry jam. Clara Ole’s or Good Shepherd’s (the one with strawberry chunks) and a cup of espresso are my power combo  for a well-enjoyed baguette.

Goodluck, Genius!

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Homemade Baguette
Author: Ruth Alarcon
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Serves: 4-5
  • 4 cups of all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 tsp of Yeast
  • 1 1/2 cups of warm water
  • 2 tsp. of salt
  • 1 tsp of Sugar
  • Cold water
  1. Activate yeast by mixing sugar, warm water, with active dry yeast in a bowl. Set aside for 5-10 mins or until foam appears.
  2. Add flour and mix on low speed until it forms a very sticky dough.
  3. Transfer the dough to a clean oiled bowl, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for an hour.
  4. When the dough rises ans doubled its size, cut into three equal parts and roll like a rope and place in a baking pan.
  5. Set aside for another 1 hour to rise.
  6. Pre-heat over to 475 and place an iron or metal pan on the bottom rack in the oven.
  7. Place the baguette on the top rack and spray it with cold water before baking. Spray cold water again after 5 minutes.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until baguettes turn crispy and golden brown