French Baguettes

French Baguette Bread

One of my finds at Swiss Days this year was a baguette bread pan from the Food Nanny!  I have been making baguette bread on a cookie sheet and it works fine, but the baguette pan gives your bread the rounded bottom and it put the design of the holes on the bottom! Purely, cosmetic, but oh so fun!French Baguette BreadOf course, you do not need a baguette pan to make this wonderful bread!  This bread is so easy to make and is great for beginners because it only has a few ingredients!  This bread is very versatile because you can cut it for sandwiches, hamburger buns, hot dog buns, french bread pizza, etc, etc, etc!

I have tried a few different variations of this bread and I like this version that I have changed from the Food Nanny.

French Baguette Bread
Serves 12
A delicious crusty bread! Add one of the toppings to change the whole flavor! Great for sandwiches, hamburgers, hot dogs or pizza!
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Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
15 min
Total Time
1 hr
128 calories
26 g
15 g
1 g
4 g
0 g
67 g
396 g
1 g
0 g
0 g
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving
Calories 128
Calories from Fat 7
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g
Saturated Fat 0g
Trans Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg
Sodium 396mg
Total Carbohydrates 26g
Dietary Fiber 1g
Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Vitamin A
Vitamin C
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
  1. 1 1/2 cups warm water, divided
  2. 1 1/2 tablespoon active dry yeast
  3. 3 teaspoons sugar, divided
  4. 2 teaspoons salt
  5. 3 cups all-purpose flour
  6. 1 egg yolk plus 1 tablespoon water
  7. Toppings, optional: fresh or dried rosemary, sesame seed, kosher salt, garlic salt, or any of your favorite seasonings.
  1. In a small bowl combine 1/2 cup water, yeast and 1 teaspoon sugar. Stir just to combine and cover bowl with a plate. Let the mixture stand for 5 minutes or until it blooms a little.
  2. In a large mixing bowl blend the flour, salt, the remaining 2 teaspoons sugar and the yeast mixture. Gradually add water up to the remaining 1 cup and mix until the dough forms a smooth ball that is not too sticky to handle. Turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead briefly, until the dough is smooth and elastic.
  3. Cut the dough in half and shape the loaves into baguettes by folding the dough over once and shaping it from the center as you roll. Spray a baguette pan or large baking sheet with cooking spray. Place the loaves in the pan. Score the loaves down the middle or make deep diagonal slashes across loaf every 2 inches. Cover with a dishtowel and let dough rise in a warm place for about 30 minutes or until doubled in bulk.
  4. Meanwhile, preheat oven to 450 degrees F. and place a shallow pan of water in the bottom of the oven to create steam. (This is what makes it crusty!)
  5. Whisk the egg yolk and the water together and brush on the top of the bread before baking. Sprinkle with your choice of toppings if desired.
  6. Bake the baguettes for 15 minutes or until golden brown.
  1. Can brush with melted butter instead of egg mixture for a softer crust.
Adapted from from Food Nanny rescues dinner
Adapted from from Food Nanny rescues dinner
Pink Polka Dot Creations

 This bread only takes about an hour from start to finish, so you can start it when you start making dinner and have hot homemade bread to go with your meal!  Is there anything better than hot homemade bread?…I think Not!baguette bread doughHere is my bread dough, right after I placed it on the pan.  You can also make a long slash down the middle of the bread instead of the diagonal ones.  It is purely your choice!risen bread doughLet the dough raise until it is double in bulk.baguette bread doughBrush the bread dough with the egg yolk mixture and sprinkle with your choice of toppings.  The loaf on the top just has sesame seeds.  The loaf on the bottom has chopped fresh rosemary and kosher salt!  (Of course my favorite one is the one with the rosemary!)French BaguettesSee how easy that was!  And you can have fresh, hot homemade bread slathered with butter (and jam) to go with your dinner tonight!sliced baguette breadThis bread is best eaten within a day or two.  There are no preservatives and so it does not keep for a long time,  however it does freeze well!

Are you ready to try out this simple but delicious bread!  Your family will thank you…I’m pretty sure!

Thanks for visiting today!  Have a Happy Monday!

Stay tuned tomorrow, I am going to do a Halloween roundup of all kinds of recipes, crafts, decorations and games!  I will continue with ideas throughout the rest of the month and into October!  It should be lots of fun, so please join me during this haunted, bewitching season!

Shop Pink Polka Dot Creations!

Hey everyone, I have great news!  My shop is now up and running again!  I am so excited and I will be adding new products all the time!  

Just click on the Shop link and it will take you to the different categories.  Check out some of the fun fall decorations  like this:

Halloween Banner

and fun party games like

Don’t Eat Jack

and Tic-Tac-Toe

There is also a fun Halloween Party Pack 

With this fun party  pack you can show your Halloween spirit!  It is perfect for parties, gifts, activities and Halloween celebrations. It includes, 4 different bottle wraps, 4 different bag toppers, 12 cupcake or straw toppers in 6 different designs, plus a fun Halloween tic tac toe game!  Add on the “Halloween Banner” for the perfect way to decorate!  You can also add the “Don’t Eat Pete” game for another fun activity to go with your Halloween party! All you have to do is print and cut out and you have everything that you need for that perfectly “Haunting Party!

I would love for you to browse through the shop and see if there is anything that strikes your fancy!  I would also LOVE suggestions of things that you would like to see in the future.  I have a couple of ideas for Halloween already in the making and they will be added next week!   I also have a few ideas rolling around in my head…if I can just get them to come out right!  :)

Thanks for visiting!  Happy Shopping!

antique table

Striped Table Make-Over

My daughter got a table from work that they were going to throw out and decided that it would be a fun piece to do a make-over with!  

I think that she was right!striped table make-overThere are no spots on the top of the table…it is just the sunlight filtering through the trees!before make-overThis is what the table looked like when she picked it up at the office!  As you see…it is in desperate need of some tender loving care!striped table topHere is a close-up of the table top.  She spray painted the legs to a sea blue color and then painted the whole top in a white chalk paint that she made.  Here is a link to make your own chalk paint.  After the white dried she taped the stripes on and painted them with a grey chalk paint.  She distressed the edges and finished it with a couple of coats of paste wax!  table make-overI think that it turned out so cute and it will fit perfectly in her new house when it gets built!  She has one piece of new furniture now…and a whole houseful more to go!  :)

Since she did her make-over, I started working on one of my own…here is a preview:antique tableMy neighbor came over earlier this summer and asked me if I would be interested in this table.  She was going to throw it out!  Of course I jumped on the chance to own this sweet baby.  Then I injured my arm on the 4th of July and I figured that I would not be able to do anything with this table this summer.  But my arm is getting better and stronger every day and I am in the painting stages of this table!  I can’t wait to get it finished and show it to you!  It looks just a little bit different than in this picture!  :)

Have a great weekend everyone and Thanks for Visiting Today!

Autumn is like

Thursday’s Thought-Autumn is like…

I love the fall time!  

I love the changing of the seasons and the fact that it is starting to cool down at night.  I  love the leaves turning colors, football games, hot chocolate, bonfires, and all of the fall holidays!  I have not always loved fall however, when I was younger, it seemed like kind of a depressing time with all the leaves and flowers “dying”.  The kids would go off to school and my husband used to hunt a lot and it just seemed like a lonely time…WHAT WAS I THINKING???   I am so glad that I can see the  beauty of the Autumn weather and enjoy all the changes that this season brings.  I guess that I just needed to be old enough to accept change and see all the good in that!  Just as in life, we need to accept change and look for the good things around us!Autumn is like I love this thought!  Isn’t it so true?!

Happy Thursday everyone and thanks for visiting today!

autumn in the mountains

A Beautiful Autumn Day!

Okay, last week was one of those weeks!  It was very busy…not necessarily stressful…just busy.  I know that all of you have those weeks sometimes and by the end of the week you are just exausted, right?

My week started out on Monday by bottling and freezing peaches and tending kids.  It was so good to get my canning done.  We picked the peaches the Sat. before and I got 5 boxes of peaches off my little tree this year!  Then on Tuesday, I cleaned out all of my pantry…so that I could put my new bottled fruit on one of the shelves.  Wed. I went with my dad for his cataract surgery and Wed night I had to give a short talk at a Relief Society activity for my church.   I thought that I was going to bottle my dad’s peaches for him on Thursday…but my dear sweet sister sent me a text and told me that she and dad had gotten them all done on Wed. night!  I am so lucky to have such a great sister! :)  So on Thursday I went to see how my dad was doing and we took a little trip down to the  food bank (after cleaning out my pantry on Tues!)  On Friday my husband and I usually like to go to our property in the mountains and then to our cabin, but my husband was inducted into the Lehi High School Hall of Fame, during the halftime of the homecoming football game that night!  He was given this award for all of his service and time he has spent with the sports programs in Lehi throughout a great many years.  It was quite an honor and we are proud of him!  

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DIY Miracle Fabric Cleaner!

Okay have any of you out there tried this homemade Miracle Fabric Cleaner?!  It really is what it says!  I don’t where I have been all of my life, but this stuff is wonderful!! :)DSC_0788 (more…)


Halloween Planter-Guest Post

Today I am visiting over at I Should Be Mopping The Floor.  I am showing how to to make this fun Halloween Planter.  I would absolutely love it if you would skip on over and check this out!Halloween Planter

I am so excited to show you a fun way to keep using your flowers pots that you have out on your front porch!  It will soon be time to pull all of those flowers out of your flower pots…but you do not need to put the pots away…simply turn them into a Halloween Planter!

So…go visit  Kristi at I Should Be Mopping the Floor and see how easy it is to make this darling planter!  Of course, you could change out the “flowers”and make this a fun planter for Christmas or any other holiday and therefore you can leave your planters out on your porch all year long!

Check out the tutorial and see how simple this project really is!

Wonton Tacos with #Manwich Bold

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Manwich. All opinions are 100% mine.

Have any of you tried making tacos with wonton wrappers?  They are so easy and so yummy and I love that you can make individual servings and put on just the toppings that you or your family love to make them all personalized!

Here is a super easy, nutritional meal that you can make using a can of Manwich Bold for the sauce!

wonton tacos



Toasted-Pecan Coconut Blondies

I am not sure what it is about the Autumn time…that just makes me want to start baking again!  Maybe it is just the fact the air is cooler now and so I feel like I can turn my oven on again, or that the kids are back in school and I get myself back into somewhat of a routine too, but whatever it is that gets me going, I am thankful for it…because I really do love to bake!  And It just is not fall without recipes that call for pumpkin, apples, or caramel!

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