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Easy crusty French bread | Baguette recipe

5 from 7 votes

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Baguette – This crusty French bread tastes delicious just by itself or with a drizzle of olive oil or balsamic vinaigrette. My favorite way to relish this bread is slices with a slather of homemade garlic butter.

This baguette requires only 5 ingredients – bread flour, water, butter, salt and dry yeast. Some people skip butter but it adds nice soft crumb and crispy crust making the bread absolutely delicious.


I used the Zojirushi bread machine to make dough but any bread machine works. If you don’t have bread machine, mix the dough in a stand mixer or knead it. What I like about Zojirushi is that it doesn’t require me to supervise anything. I just select the regular dough mode and when the dough is ready, the machine beeps to let me know.

The rest, knead, rise cycle takes about 2 hours and 10 minutes. After which, you shape the dough into baguettes and let rise for another 45 minutes. After the second rise, you slash the dough using a lame or a very sharp knife and immediately bake at 450° F for about 25-30 minutes in a baguette pan. If you don’t have a baguette pan, use a cookie sheet or any other pan of appropriate length. Bread is baked alongside a dish filled with water to allow the bread to bake with moisture.

Once baked, turn off oven, open the door to about 2 inches and let the bread cool with the oven. Take it out and enjoy freshly-baked bread.

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French baguettes

Easy French bread recipe
5 from 7 votes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Bread machine time + Rise time 2 hours 55 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 25 minutes
Course Bread
Cuisine French
Servings 3 loaves
Calories 651 kcal


Bread Machine
Baguette bread pan



  • In a bread machine pan, add water, butter, and flour.
  • Make a well in the flour, add yeast and salt so that yeast doesn't get wet.
  • Turn on the dough cycle.
  • After the cycle runs, take out the dough and make 3 parts.
  • Shape each portion into a baguette as shown in the video.
  • Transfer to a baguette pan or a regular pan.
  • Let the loaves rise for about 45 minutes upto 2 hours.
  • Preaheat your oven to 450°F or 235°C. Place water in an oven proof dish on the bottom rack.
  • Bake the baguettes on the middle rack above the pan of water for about 20 minutes.
  • Turn off the oven and open the oven door.
  • Let the baguettes cool.
  • Once cool, take out the baguettes from the oven and enjoy!


Please note that the nutrition information provided below is approximate and meant as a guideline only. Actual numbers may be different from those provided below. If you have health issues, please work with a registered dietician or nutritionist. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases.


Nutrition Facts
French baguettes
Amount Per Serving (0.25 loaf)
Calories 651 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Fat 3g5%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 1mg0%
Sodium 1178mg51%
Potassium 203mg6%
Carbohydrates 130g43%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 22g44%
Calcium 32mg3%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Baguette, Crusty bread
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By FoodLifeAndMoney in October, 2020

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