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5 from 2 votes

French Baguette

This classic French Baguette recipe uses 4 simple ingredients to make long loaves of crusty bread that have a tender and chewy inside! Perfect when paired with butter, jam, or cheese!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Proofing Time1 hr 30 mins
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side
Cuisine: French
Servings: 3 loaves
Calories: 488kcal

Ingredients

  • teaspoons active dry yeast
  • cups warm water between 105°-110°F
  • 3 cups all purpose flour
  • teaspoons salt

Instructions

  • Combine the yeast with the warm water until it has totally dissolved and bubbles.
  • In a large bowl, combine the flour with the salt together.
  • Add the yeast mixture to the flour mixture and stir with a wooden spoon until no flour patches are visible.
  • Cover and let proof for 90 minutes in a warm area or until dough has at least doubled in size.
  • Preheat the oven to 475°F and place the dough on a floured surface and cut into three even pieces.
  • With the help of a bench scraper place it in your baguette pan.
  • Place an oven-safe bowl on the lower oven rack. Place the baguette pan on the middle rack and bake for 20 to 25 minutes until golden brown.

Notes

  • The dough is very soft and sticky you won't be able to form it with your hands.
  • Don't knead your dough and handle carefully to not destroy the air bubbles that have developed.
  • The water in the bowl will heat up and cause steam which makes the bread crispier outside and fluffier inside.
  • Variations/how to switch it up You can add olives, sundried tomatoes, or seeds to make different tasty versions.
  • Can I make this ahead? Yes, you can prepare the dough and keep it in the fridge overnight. Go on with step 5. Can I make more to feed a crowd? Sure, just double or triple the ingredients and bake in batches or using more baguette pans.

Nutrition

Calories: 488kcal | Carbohydrates: 100g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 1176mg | Potassium: 229mg | Fiber: 6g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 6mg