Pain d’épi is a baguette made to look like a stalk of wheat. Since this French bread looks super fancy, naturally I thought it must be difficult to make.
But I learned that you can make this beautiful loaf quickly and easily using canned dough – who knew?
You will need
- baking sheet
- parchment paper
- glass pie plate
- 1 cup of warm water
- a sprinkle of flour
- 1 can of dough, like the one pictured below:
- Heat the oven to 350°F
- Put a glass pie plate filled with warm water on the bottom rack of the oven (the steam will help create a nice crust)
- Place the dough from the can on the baking sheet lined with parchment paper
- Sprinkle a little flour on the dough and lightly flatten
At about a 30° angle, cut the dough to make a “leaf” then move it to one side:
Make another cut, then move it to the opposite side:
Repeat, alternating sides until the whole loaf looks like this:
Bake at 350°F for 24 minutes.
Voilà! Easy-peasy Pain d’épi!
Serve with butter or jam or enjoy as-is: nice and warm! Bon appétit! 🥖