Baking bread can be really, really simple. Just let yourself give this recipe a shot – I never get really beautiful-looking baguettes out of this, but I do get delicious fresh bread straight from the oven. This recipe makes 4 loaves (you can freeze them and thaw them later if, like me, you don’t go through 4 loaves in a day or two – or they make really good French Toast, if they’ve gone a little stale).




  1. Dissolve yeast in 1/2 cup warm water. Stir with a fork. Set aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine flour and salt. Add the yeast mixture, and stir in the remaining 1 1/2 cups water. Mix the dough until it’s sticky enough to knead.
  3. On a lightly-floured surface knead for 6-10 minutes. The dough will be sticky and smooth. Put the dough in a bowl, cover with a damp cloth, and let rise at room temperature until doubled in size (about 1 hour).
  4. Punch down the dough and divide into 4 equal parts. Shape each into a baguette, and transfer the loaves to a lightly-greased baking sheet (you can use butter to grease). Let rise until doubled.
  5. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
  6. Pour 2 cups of hot water into a pyrex dish or pan and set in preheated oven next to the baguettes. Bake 15 minutes, then lower the temperature to 400 and bake another 5 minutes until golden brown.
  7. Allow to cool before slicing.

Each loaf will have about 457 calories.