Yes you read that correctly…30 min! From getting the ingredients out of the pantry to pulling the bread out of the oven. 30 min! I usually serve mine with the super easy chicken and rice soup, or chili or something of that sort.
Here’s what you need:
2 1/4 tsp of yeast (or a packet)
2 cups of warm water
2 TB of sugar
1 1/2 tsp of salt
4 cups of flour
Here’s what you do:
Pre Heat the oven to 425. Mix the warm water and yeast and sugar. Add the salt and flour. A half cup or so at a time is recommended..but I just dump it all in…”ain’t nobody got time for that!” 🙂
Stir with a spoon until it’s all incorporated. Then knead for 5 min or so. I was floored a few Christmases ago when I got this little gem…but if you don’t have one…hand kneading is just fine!
NOW…THE DOUGH WILL BE STICKY…VERY STICKY…It’s not like normal dough that is soft and springs back when you touch it! IT IS STICKY! So flour your hands and surface and just try to work with it quickly. There’s a small learning curve, and you just get used to handling it the more times you make it!
Divide the dough into 4 balls.
Roll two of the balls into a “snake” and twist together.
Here’s a little one handed braiding video just to show any newbies how to braid the dough…I mean I know no one probably needs this…but I wanted to test out how to video with one hand and work the dough with one hand 🙂 Hopefully this year for Christmas I will get one of these and I won’t have too! 🙂
Then twist the other two balls. Sometimes if the finished product doesn’t fit on my baking sheet, I cut each braided piece in two…making 4 total baguettes.
Before you put them in the oven get a second dish (I use another cookie sheet, but an oven safe bowl would work) put 2-3 cups of ice in it and put it on the bottom shelf of the oven. Then put the bread baking sheet on the rack above that one. Close the door and DO NOT OPEN! Bake for about 15-18 minutes. When you open it.remember to try and get your face out of the way…there will be a lot of steam!
To make these bad boys into a yummy garlic bread, just brush the tops with a mixture of olive oil and minced garlic. YUM!