We tried this Pinterest recipe last night, and Wayne said to be sure to pass it along to all our daughters because he knows his sons will love it.  So, here you go!

Easy French Baguettes

1 1/2 cups warm water
1 tablespoon (or package) yeast
2 tablespoons sugar
3-4 cups flour
1 1/2 teaspoons salt

Dissolve the yeast and sugar into the warm water.  Stir in the flour and salt and knead briefly. Divide into four pieces and roll into thick ropes.  Twist two together and place on parchment-lined baking sheet.  Repeat with the other two pieces of dough.  Let rise for 30 minutes, if desired. Place in oven preheated to 425°.

Pour 3-4 cups of ice cubes in the bottom of the oven and immediately close the door. (Apparently, this is the “secret” ingredient!) Bake for 15-18 minutes.

See the ice cubes at the bottom of the oven?

The original recipe called for 2 cups of water, but I knew with only 4 cups of Florida flour that would not be a bread dough, so rather than add more flour, I started with less water.  When I tossed in the ice cubes, half of them fell down the hinge area and I couldn’t close the door, so I need some practice with that.  I wonder if it would work with the ice cubes placed in a cake pan? Anyway, this bread was delicious, and we won’t mind experimenting with it some more. The original recipe said to serve it with olive oil for dipping; we used butter and jam last night, but the olive oil would be scrumptious and we’re looking forward to trying that soon. Even though the original recipe had “crusty” in the title, one of the things we loved about our version was that it wasn’t hard and crusty at all; it was soft! So, we hope you have fun trying this out some time.

11/29/2016 – Tried half recipe (so one loaf) with basically 3/4 cup wheat flour, 3/4 cup white flour, and 1/2 cup oat flour. Put the ice cubes in a cake pan.

10/6/2018 – Compared this recipe to one from Mel’s Kitchen Café for French Rolls and the only difference is she added 2 Tablespoons of oil to the dough. For 12 rolls (in a 9×13″ pan), instead of 2 baguettes, she baked them for 15 minutes at 400 degrees, without any ice cubes. The rolls turned out deliciously, and is another option for our family.