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I’ve been consistently baking bread for nearly two years.
To the bread connoisseur or professional baker that’s a blip on the radar, but for me, it’s been a long, wonderful journey of learning how to make from-scratch bread in my home kitchen. I’m proud to say I have learned a lot along the way (though I still have much to learn).
Of course, there have been plenty of moments of disbelief (“There’s no way I can make bread at home! Me? By myself? With my hands? No bread machine? Pssh, please.”), spills and tearful moments of impatience. I didn’t say baking bread is always a pretty process. But, with a lot of practice (and a lot, a LOT, of lessons in patience), I made homemade bread, and it was possible, and it wasn’t that hard, and I did have the time for it.
A lot of people tell me they have no time to make homemade bread. And sometimes, I still don’t think I have the energy or the time to make it every week. But there are recipes like this fast French baguette that prove us all wrong. You can have yummy, fresh-baked bread on your table in two hours. Yes, TWO hours. It’s delicious, too, and very easy to make.
What I love about this baguette recipe (besides its incredible speediness) is that the result is light and porous, just like a baguette that takes 24 hours to make. The bread does harden over time so it’s best to eat it right away, but even the crustiness of day-old baguette is perfect for toasting and topping with bruschetta or a tapenade.
So, no excuses. Get down to business. We’ve got (yummy, easy, quick-to-make, very possible) bread to bake!