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How to Make Baguette at Home (Homemade French Bread Recipe)

Baguette (Homemade French Bread Recipe)

Baguette has a crisp crust and longish shape. It is one of the most consumed breads in France. This attractive bread is used to make a number of snacks and starters.
5 from 24 votes
Prep Time 4 hrs
Baking Time 45 mins
Course Breakfast, Snack
Cuisine French
Servings 2


  • A pinch of salt
  • ½ tsp sugar
  • tsp dry yeast
  • cups of plain flour and some more (for rolling)


  • In a bowl, combine together 2 tablespoons of warm water with yeast. Cover and keep aside for 15 minutes.
  • Mix the yeast mixture with salt and plain flour. Use warm water to knead into a sticky loose dough.
  • Transfer this dough to a deep greased bowl. Cover using a damp muslin cloth. Keep the bowl in a warm place for 40-45 minutes.
  • Use plain flour to lightly dust your fingers. Loosen the dough by scraping the sides of the bowl. Pull and fold the dough 6-8 times before covering with the damp muslin cloth. Keep the bowl in the warm place for at least 2 hours.
  • Lightly dust your surface using plain flour. Pull and fold the dough 4-6 times but don’t knead it.
  • Use a sharp knife to equally divide the dough into 2 portions. Keep one dough portion aside.
  • Pat the dough to form a rectangle before rolling it to make a 12” (300 mm) cylindrical roll. Pinch the sides and edges all over to seal tightly.
    Baguette rolled out
  • Repeat step number 7 and 8 with the remaining dough.
  • Place both the rolls on a dusted baking tray. Cover them with the damp muslin cloth. Let them rest for an hour.
  • Remove the cloth. Use a sharp knife to make 2-3 light incisions. Fill an aluminium bowl with water and keep it in the lower shelf of the oven.
    Baguette incision
  • Bake the baguettes for 25-30 minutes on 250°C. Brush a little water on both the rolls after every interval of 10 minutes.
  • Remove once the baguettes become crisp and golden brown in colour. Cool completely before serving or storing them.
    Baked baguette
Keyword Baguette, Baguettes, French Bread