I’ve been seeing this puppy hopping about on Pinterest. Four hour baguette! The pictures looked so credible – surely it must be true! So easy! So fast!
This was some delicious white bread. But, francophile with a respectable amount of Parisian experience that I am, I simply cannot call this a baguette. A baguette is more than a shape – it’s a specific weight, and crust, and texture. And you can’t achieve those things in four hours, which I knew on the inside when I decided to try the recipe. But hope springing eternal and all that crap.
Bread snobbery aside, this is a really good bread. We enjoyed it with some chorizo lentil soup. Then gave lots to the neighbors so it wasn’t in the house.
Try it. Keep the dough a little stickier than your comfort level, though.
Find the recipe here.
And, of course, this opens the door to Karen’s Quest for the Perfect Home Baguette…… just don’t tell Bill.