Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes In 30 Minutes Flat

Think homemade bread is too hard? Think again. These Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes are ready in 30 minutes flat and yield two hearty loaves that are deliciously soft on the inside, but with a crackling outer crust.

Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes

Quick & crusty baguettes in 30 minutes flat.

Say that five times fast.

How many of you thought you’d ever be able to say that at all, let alone believe it?

Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes

This recipe is like the best (not anymore!) kept secret on the planet.

It’s so easy, it’s been called fool proof.

It’s perfect for beginner bakers and as an easy introduction to from-scratch bread making. Plus, it only uses five (yes, 5) everyday ingredients you probably already have in stock.

Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes

Soft and flaky on the inside, crisp and crusty on the outside.

They’re perfect for tearing into and chewing alongside your favorite pasta, your favorite cheese, your favorite soup, or for something as simple as slapping on a slab of your favorite butter.

These baguettes are perfect, especially when you stop and take in their simplicity.

Quick & Easy French Baguette Bread

And they can be made last minute.

Goodbye pre-planning and hours of rise time.

I won’t miss tip-toeing around the house or trying to time nap time so heavy foot steps and little running feet wouldn’t make my dough fall, that’s for sure!

Easy French Baguette Bread Loaves

This recipe makes two loaves, and we love to enjoy one fresh out of the oven with our favorite spices in a little olive oil for a quick and easy appetizer to tide us over while our main meal cooks.

Other bread ideas you might also enjoy: Black Pepper & Parmesan Cheese Beer Bread, No Knead Crusty Artisan Bread, Slow Cooker Rosemary Olive Oil Bread, & Irish Soda Bread.

Crusty, Fool Proof Baguettes In Under 30 Minutes Flat

Bread can be intimidating for anyone, luckily this recipe yields fool proof baguette loaves, in under 30 minutes, that are impossible to mess up.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 2 cups very warm water
  • 1 packet yeast or 2 1/4 tsp dry active yeast
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 3-4 cups of flour


  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees. In a large bowl, whisk together the warm water, yeast, and sugar. Set the bowl on top of your preheating oven for ten minutes. Stir in the salt and add the flour a half-cup at a time, until the dough becomes soft, but not sticky. Knead the dough until elastic.
  • Cut the dough into four even pieces. Roll each of them into four long, thin ropes. Twist together two of the ropes to form one loaf. Twist the other two ropes together to form a second loaf. Transfer both onto a large baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
  • You can now bake the loaf right away (if you’re in a hurry), or allow it to rise for an additional 15-30 minutes on top of your warm oven.
  • Fill a large bowl with 3-4 cups of ice. Open your hot oven and place the baking sheet with the baguettes inside, then toss the ice cubes on the bottom of the oven and quickly shut the door. Do NOT open your oven for 15 minutes (the steam for the ice is what creates the crunchy outer crust). Bake until golden brown, about 15-18 minutes.
  • Serve warm with butter or with a dipping sauce of your favorite seasoned olive oil.


recipe adapted from It's A Lovely Life


10 thoughts on “Crusty, Fool-Proof Baguettes In 30 Minutes Flat

  1. I am getting a great visual of lining up those sons to do the ice cube throwing into the oven! I make sour dough where I fill a pan with water in a hot oven to create the steam for the crust but throwing ice cubes is so much more dramatic for the same end result, who knew! I may even be confident enought to try this recipe. Terrific result. I think even our FF dough queen Ginger of Ginger and Bread would be proud!

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