Today I’ll be teaching you a way to make your own hearty, rustic, homemade baguette in just a fraction of the time. To keep it as simple as possible, this bread requires no kneading, no overnight rising, and no Dutch oven. The results are just as delicious, with fluffy interiors (that stay soft for days) and a golden brown crust!
Baking bread has become a really popular hobby lately, especially since everyone is staying at home more often.
In my opinion, fresh homemade bread is really superior to store-bought in terms of taste, texture, and ingredients. It’s also very rewarding – what’s a better way to end a long day of baking than with warm bread fresh from the oven?
But most bread recipes require a lot of kneading and waiting for the dough to rise, which requires a lot of effort and time. Which is why today, I’m going to show you my recipe for super easy, no-knead, fast-rising baguette!
How to Bake Bread With No Dutch Oven?
The final product is similar to the bread you can bake in a Dutch oven. But Dutch ovens can be quite expensive and not everyone has them on hand, so I’ve adapted this baguette recipe for the oven. It’s just as soft and delicious!
To get the Dutch oven effect, I cover the bread with aluminum foil during the first baking time and then uncover to give it a nice color and crust. The result is bread with a lovely golden brown crust and a soft interior that stays fluffy even days after baking (as opposed to Dutch oven bread, which has a crispier crust but becomes very hard after a few days).
Fast Rising Bread
Most bread recipes need to rest for many hours or even overnight. So to cut the waiting time for this recipe even more (because sometimes waiting for the bread to rise is the hardest part!), I used instant rise yeast so this dough is ready in just 60 minutes.
No Knead Bread vs. Kneaded Bread
When it comes to baking bread, I enjoy making both kneaded and no-knead bread for different reasons.
Kneading bread is a great way to activate the gluten and achieve that wonderful chewy texture. My homemade Bánh Mì recipe uses this technique, and the result is a crispy crust and an airy interior with a satisfying bite! However, kneading bread does take a lot of work. So if I’m not in the mood for too much of an arm workout but still want delicious homemade bread, no-knead bread is the way to go.
I love no-knead bread because it’s convenient and yields hearty, rustic loaves. On my blog, you can find both classic and cinnamon raisin varieties of this effortless recipe. No-knead bread is perfect for those who don’t want too much hands-on time when baking. With this recipe, the active cooking time is only about 10 minutes! The dough results in soft bread with a golden crust that’s so satisfying to cut into.
No-Knead No-Time Baguette Recipe | Without Dutch Oven
- 300 grams Bread Flour (All-Purpose Flour works okay as well)
- 2 tsp Sugar
- 1 tsp Kosher Salt
- 2 tsp Instant Yeast
- 1.5 tbsp Oil
- 1 cup Water (divided)
- Combine all dry ingredients and mix thoroughly.
- Microwave ½ cup of water for 20-25 seconds (depending on how strong your microwave is).
- Mix microwaved water with the other ½ cup of room temperature water. Your water should be between 110-120 degrees now. Since using Instant Rise Yeast, your water can be up to 130 degrees.
- NOTE: If you are using Active Dry Yeast, your temperature should be only between 105-115 degrees.
- Add 1.5 tbsp of Oil to the water and mix.
- Add water/oil mixture to dry ingredients.
- Use back of wooden spoon to combine all ingredients until all dry ingredients are combined.
- Cover and let it rise at room temperature for 60 minutes.
- After 60 minutes, sprinkle generous amount of flour on dough and use back of wooden spoon to stir and work out air bubbles.
- Shape dough into final shape – this recipe makes 2 nice size baguettes. Place on baking tray or baguette tray, cover and let it rise for 30-45 minutes.
- Pre-heat oven to 430 degrees.
- Cover baguette dough with aluminum foil and bake for 25 minutes.
- After 25 minutes, remove aluminum foil and bake another 8 minutes.
- Voila – fresh bread made easy – active cooking time should be only 10 minutes. Have fun!