French baguettes

  • Total Time

    1h 10m
    • Prep Time

      50m
    • Bake Time

      20m
  • Serves

    3

  • Skill Level

    Intermediate
  • 10 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.

Method

  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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Reviews

  1. 5 star rating

    Brilliant recipe! I don't make bread often but these turned out really well.

  2. 5 star rating

    This works SO WELL! I was nervous because a lot of my bread making has been mediocre, but this recipe is brilliant.

  3. 5 star rating

    I wish I could post the photos to prove that this is a NO FAIL perfect recipe. My family and I absolutely loved it. We polished off all 3 baguettes in a day! Next time, though, I will use less salt.

  4. 5 star rating

    The best ever
    Just WOW 😍

  5. 5 star rating

    Absolutely amazing! Would definitely recommend this recipe, as I’d never made bread before and it came out perfectly, just like you’d buy from a French bakery - I’ll be making these again soon!

  6. 5 star rating

    Tasty baguettes

  7. 2 star rating

    Oops I had trouble with this one. I found the mixture became very dry very quickly. I felt the 270ml liquid was not enough for 470g of flour. Also felt oven temperature was not high enough. The inside of the baguette was very acceptable but it did not colour and I think this was because of low temperature.

  8. 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.

  9. 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!

  10. 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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