French baguettes

  • Total Time

    1h 10m
    • Prep Time

    • Bake Time

  • Serves


  • Skill Level

  • 3 Reviews

    5 star rating


You don't need to travel to France to enjoy a tasty baguette, these are delicious served warm from the oven and smothered in butter.


  1. In a large bowl mix the yeast with the water and sugar. Sift the flour and salt together in a separate bowl, add half to the yeast mixture, stir and cover. Leave until the dough has doubled in size.

  2. Add the remaining flour and mix to a light dough. Knead for 10 minutes by hand or for 5 minutes if using a food mixer fitted with a dough hook.

  3. Divide the dough into 3 pieces and shape into an oblong. Fold the 2 ends into the middle and seal, repeat this process 3 or 4 more times.

  4. Roll each piece of dough into a 33-34 cm (13-14”) long loaf.

  5. Place onto a greased baking tray and leave until double in size, then slash the tops. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 200°C (fan 180°C, gas mark 7).

  6. Bake for 20 minutes carefully spraying the inside of the oven with water during the first 5 minutes of baking.

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  1. 5 star rating

    I’ve made lots of bread from this site but just made these Baguettes to go with some homemade soup and let me say wow. Fantastic will definitely be making them again to go with everything. The wife loves them. As well as spraying the oven with water I also placed a baking tin with hot water in the bottom of the oven for that extra crispiness I also turned them over for the last 5 minutes of cooking.

  2. 5 star rating

    Wow!!!! I made these (sceptical that I could reproduce French bread) but I did with this foolproof recipe. Thanks Baking Mad, my husband and son were happy boys last night as we devoured our bread with dinner!!! Easy to follow and it works!

  3. 5 star rating

    What a great recipe. I have tried for years to get bread that tastes like the bread from the baker. I’ve tried bread makers, hand making, every recipe I could find. None of it tasted right - edible and OK but not what I was searching for. Eureka this is the end of the search. It is so easy to make and tastes superb. Thank you so much. You have made a 72year old man very happy.

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