I think it’s really important to have some good, traditional recipes in your baking repertoire. I love classic French Baguettes – just like the ones you’d find in a Parisian boulangerie. They’re crispy, crunchy and delicious slathered in loads of butter. Tasty and simple recipes are always more appealing to me, and the reason I decided to make homemade baguettes because making your own bread is great fun and it is really easy too. If you’re looking for a classic, crisp French baguette look no further and give this recipe a go, I was totally blown away by how good these tasted!
1/2 tsp fast-action dried yeast
250g (2 cup + 2 tbsp) strong white bread flour
30g unsalted butter, cut into small cubes
1/2 tsp of salt
150ml (2/3 cup) warm water
1. Place the flour, salt, yeast and butter in a food mixer with a dough hook attached. Mix until the butter is all combined. Add the water and knead on low speed until the dough starts to come together. Then knead on low-medium speed for a further 5 minutes – you can alternatively knead the dough by hand. Once the dough has been kneaded, place it in a lightly oiled large bowl , cover and leave somewhere warm to rise for 2 hours.
2. Then take the dough out and divide into 3 equally sized pieces of dough. Lightly roll out into the traditional baguette shape on a lightly floured surface.
3. Take your baguette pan and shape the baguettes into each mould and place on a baking tray. Put somewhere warm until doubled in size.
4. Once the dough has doubled in size, preheat the oven to 200°C/400°F/Gas Mark 6. Fill a deep baking tray with some boiling water (about 2-3 inches worth of water) and place at the bottom of your oven. Before baking, slash the top of each baguette three times diagonally across. Bake for 30 minutes exactly until the crust is all nice, crispy and coloured. Allow to cool completely and then slice and enjoy anyway you like!
Enjoy the recipe!
72 thoughts on “French Baguettes”
Awesome! We love French bread, but I’ve never tried making it!
These are picture perfect! And they look so delicious. 🙂 I just need some butter and I’m good to go!
Nothing better than a warm slice of homemade bread with a dab of melty butter! Thanks for sharing such wonderful recipe Jessica!
Have a fantastic weekend! <3
These look very authentic and very tasty. I often buy baguettes as weekend treat but had never considered making my own before, even though I do make my own bread.
The bread looks super delicious. Thanks so much for sharing! Have a wonderful weekend!
Jess this definitely looks do-able, have pinned to try at a later date! Love from England x
Oh my word! I’m so impressed. There’s nothing better than a fresh French baguette!
Your baguettes look so crispy. They must be so good hot out of the oven with a little butter spread over a piece broken off the baguette.
only i look at the picturesand almost feel the aroma and the fresh taste of hot dough that came out from oven..good job on this 😉
What perfect looking baguettes! Now all I need is a large bowl of soup to dunk that crispy baguette in to.
They look very fresh and tasty indeed!!!
I tried making baguettes once and it was a such a disaster that i was scared to ever try again. I swear my baguettes were as hard as rock :S
But, your look perfect. Maybe i should give it a shot again 😉
-Abeer @ http://www.cakewhiz.com
Ooh! I want to make this soon! I love your blog! We have the same themes, awesome!
I made these this morning and polished off some for lunch – was delicious. Thank you 🙂
Best bread I have ever made. Thanks for a good recipe.
I’ve had this post saved ever since you published it and yesterday I finally made baguettes 😀😀😀 they were fab, all eaten up in one sitting by my two appreciative boys 😀 xx
I’m really happy to read that! So pleased you enjoyed the recipe, Elaine!
I made this today following all instructions.
Perhaps there is a typo in the bake time. I pre-heated the oven to 200 degrees and baked for 30 minutes. The baguettes were not baked. The crust was soft and not browned.
I raised the oven temp to 300 and baked an additional 20 minutes. Still not done.
Anyway I did get it to finish. Tastes great.
Hi George – there isn’t a typo in the recipe, I bake these baguettes for 30 minutes at 200°C, which is 400°F. Glad they tasted great.