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110Total Time
50Prep Time
20Bake Time
3Serves
A little effort

French baguettes

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How to make french baguettes

There is nothing like a freshly baked French baguette. Crusty and beautifully coloured on the outside, buttery soft and chewy on the inside, these are delicious served warm from the oven and smothered in butter.

What are French baguettes made of?

A traditional French baguette is made of flour, water, yeast and salt. Just four simple ingredients can produce a beautiful, flavourful, crusty baguette.

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110Total Time
50Prep Time
20Bake Time
3Serves
A little effort

Method

  1. Step 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. Step 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. Step 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. Step 4:

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

  5. Step 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. Step 6:

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

Ingredients

    • 1 Easy bake yeast sachet
    • 270ml Warm water (lukewarm)
    • 1 tsp Unrefined golden granulated sugar
    • 450g Allinson's Strong white bread flour
    • 2 tsp Salt

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