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French Baguette Recipe

Experience the art of French baking with my meticulously crafted French Baguette recipe. This guide, featuring precise metric measurements, takes you step by step through the process of creating the quintessential baguette. From the initial mix to the final golden crust, indulge in the simplicity and elegance of this French staple. Join me in recreating the magic of Parisian bakeries in your own kitchen.

Total Time
3 hours
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Ingredients for 2 Servings

  • 500g Bread Flour (13% protein)
    10g Salt
    7g Instant Dry Yeast
    300ml Water (10% protein flour)
    350ml Water (13% or 15% protein flour)
    Water always room-temperature

Total Time

  • Preparation Time
    20 min
  • Cooking Time
    20 min

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    1. Mixing the Dough:
      In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour and salt. Make a well in the center and add the instant dry yeast.
      Pour in the room-temperature water gradually maybe you will not be using all, stirring with a wooden spoon or your hands to form a shaggy dough.
    2. Kneading:
      Transfer the dough to a floured surface and knead for about 10-15 minutes or until it becomes smooth and elastic. If the dough is too sticky, add a little more flour during kneading.
    3. First Rise:
      Place the kneaded dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover it with a damp cloth, and let it rise in a warm place for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until it doubles in size.
    4. Shaping the Baguettes:
      After the first rise, gently deflate the dough and divide it into two equal portions. Shape each portion into a baguette by flattening the dough and rolling it tightly, sealing the seams.
    5. Second Rise:
      Place the shaped baguettes on a floured surface, cover them with a cloth, and let them rise for another 30 minutes to 1 hour, or until they puff up.
    6. Preheat the Oven:
      Preheat your oven to 220°C.
    7. Scoring the Baguettes:
      Just before baking, use a sharp knife or razor blade to make shallow diagonal slashes (about 3-4 slashes) on the top of each baguette. This helps the bread expand while baking.
    8. Baking:
      Place the baguettes on a baking sheet or a baguette pan. Bake in the preheated oven for 20-25 minutes or until the crust is golden brown, and the bread sounds hollow when tapped on the bottom.
    9. Cooling:
      Allow the baguettes to cool on a wire rack for at least 15-20 minutes before slicing.
    Pro Tips
    • Use high-quality bread flour for an authentic texture and flavour.
    • The higher the protein in a flour, the more water will be absorbed.
    • Allow the dough to rise until doubled for a light and airy crumb.
    • Preheat your oven adequately for a crisp crust.
    • Score the baguettes just before baking for controlled expansion.
    • Serve warm with butter, cheese, or your favourite spread.


Calories per Serving:
Caloric content may vary based on serving size; a typical serving is approximately 150 calories.

Elevate your baking skills with my French Baguette recipe, bringing the allure of Parisian bakeries to your home kitchen. Each bite is a journey to the streets of France, where simplicity meets culinary excellence.

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