Baguette, Homemade French Bread

Baguette, Homemade French Bread

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Baguette is one of the most popular types of French bread. It has a longish shape and a crisp crust, which makes it quite attractive. It is used to make a lot of starters and snacks.

It might sound a bit complicated when you read the recipe but if you follow the instructions properly, you will end up with a totally fabulous, completely irresistible baguette!

At step 12, make sure the incisions are made only lightly and not deeply. Baguette stays fresh for two days when stored in an airtight container. Try other recipes like the Roasted Garlic Crostini or Cheesy Garlic Pull Apart French Bread .

Baguette, Homemade French Bread recipe - How to make Baguette, Homemade French Bread

Preparation Time:    Baking Time:  45 minutes   Baking Temperature:  250°C (500°F)   Cooking Time:    Total Time:     Makes 2 baguette (24 slices)
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2 1/4 cups plain flour (maida)
1 1/2 tsp instant dry yeast
1/2 tsp sugar
salt to taste
plain flour (maida) for rolling

  1. Combine the yeast and 2 tbsp of warm water in a small bowl and mix well. Cover with a lid and keep aside for 10 minutes.
  2. Combine the plain flour, salt and yeast mixture in a deep bowl, mix well and knead into a loose sticky dough using enough warm water.
  3. Transfer the dough into a greased deep bowl, cover it with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside in a warm place for 45 minutes.
  4. Dust your fingers with little plain flour, scrape the sides of the bowl so as to loosen the dough. Pull the dough and fold it over it, repeat it at least for 5 to 6 times.
  5. Cover the dough again with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside in a warm place for 2 hours.
  6. Put the dough onto a dusted board, do not knead it. Pull and fold again for 3 to 4 times.
  7. Divide the dough into 2 equal portions using a sharp knife.
  8. Take a portion of the dough, pat it to form a rectangle.
  9. Roll the dough to make a 300 mm. (12”) long cylindrical roll and pinch the edges and the sides all over to seal it properly.
  10. Repeat steps 8 and 9 with one more portion.
  11. Place both the rolled cylindrical rolls into a dusted baking tray, cover it with a damp muslin cloth and keep aside for 1 hour.
  12. Remove the damp muslin cloth and make 2 to 3 light incisions using a sharp knife over each rolled dough at regular intervals. Keep aside.
  13. Place an aluminium bowl filled with water in the lower shelf of the oven heat at 250°c (500°f) for 15 minutes.
  14. Place the baking tray with the slit rolls in the middle shelf of the oven and bake them at 250°c (500°f) for 25 to 30 minutes. Do not remove the aluminium bowl filled with water at this stage.
  15. While the bread rolls are been baked, brush little water over each roll twice after every 10 minutes, till they turn dark brown in colour and harden from the top.
  16. Remove them from the baking tray and allow them to cool completely.
  17. Slice it and serve or store in an air-tight container and use as required.
Nutrient values (Abbrv) per slices
Energy36 cal
Protein1.1 g
Carbohydrates7.7 g
Fiber0 g
Fat0.1 g
Cholesterol0 mg
Sodium1 mg


Baguette, Homemade French Bread
 on 04 Jul 20 10:23 PM

Hi. How do we make it in a micro wave in convection mode? Please guide
Tarla Dalal
05 Jul 20 01:26 AM
   Hi, Sorry it wouldn''t be possible to make it in a microwave.
Baguette, Homemade French Bread
 on 13 Oct 19 04:36 PM

Most OTGs in India have a maximum temperature of only 230 C. In which case..what would be the baking time?
Tarla Dalal
14 Oct 19 09:03 AM
   Hi, You can bake it at 230 only.. your timing will n not vary much.. you have to bake for more 5 to 8 minutes.. check for the required texture of the bread and increase your timing of the oven accordingly.. Do try the recipe and give us your feedback..
Baguette, Homemade French Bread
 on 01 Sep 19 12:52 AM

plzz tell me, what can I use instead of dry yeast. As I am joined to Iskcon . I can''t use dry yeast. Dry yeast comes in Tamsik Bhojan...plzz understand...plzz help me
Tarla Dalal
04 Sep 19 10:09 AM
   Hi, We have not tried the recipe without the yeast. We will soon come up with the recipe and keep you updated...
Baguette, Homemade French Bread
 on 01 Jul 17 04:37 PM

Baguette.. this is prefect french bread recipe.. to make this one needs to follow this exact.. as the measurements are very important.. Loved it..