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French-Style Baguettes

Author: Charlotte Bothe

French-Style Baguettes Recipe

This recipe has appeared on the back of our bags of French-Style Flour for years, and we figured it was about time to feature it here on our Web site. French-Style Flour is our preferred flour for making authentic French-style baguettes, so we encourage you to splurge on this unique product.

At a glance

Three 15" to 18" baguettes.
Nutrition information


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  • 3 cups French-Style Flour or King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
  • 1 to 1 1/4 cups lukewarm water
  • 2 teaspoons instant yeast
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt


  1. In a large bowl, stir together the flour, 1 cup of water, yeast, and salt until thoroughly combined, adding additional water if necessary to make a soft dough. Cover the bowl and let the dough rest for 30 minutes.
  2. Knead the dough — by hand, mixer, or bread machine — until smooth. Transfer it to a lightly greased bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk, about 1 1/2 hours.
  3. Fold the dough over onto itself several times. Return it to the bowl, cover, and let rise until doubled in bulk again, about 1 1/2 hours.
  4. Transfer the dough to a lightly greased work surface and divide it into three pieces.
  5. Stretch the dough pieces into 15" to 18" long loaves, and place them on a lightly greased or parchment-lined baking sheet; or into a lightly greased baguette pan. Cover the loaves and let them rise for about 1 hour.
  6. Preheat the oven to 450°F.
  7. Slash the loaves diagonally, and generously spray them with warm water.
  8. Bake the baguettes for 20 to 25 minutes, or until they're a deep golden brown. Remove them from the oven, slip them off the pan, and return them to the oven rack. Turn the oven off, and crack the door open about 1". Allow the baguettes to cool fully in the oven.
  9. Yield: three 15" to 18" baguettes.

Nutrition Information

  • Serving Size 1 slice (17g)
  • Servings Per Batch 36 (12 per loaf)
Amount Per Serving:
  • Calories 40
  • Calories from Fat 0
  • Total Fat 0g
  • Saturated Fat 0g
  • Trans Fat 0g
  • Cholesterol 0mg
  • Sodium 95mg
  • Total Carbohydrate 8g
  • Dietary Fiber 0g
  • Sugars 0g
  • Protein 1g

* The nutrition information provided for this recipe is determined by the ESHA Genesis R&D software program. Substituting any ingredients may change the posted nutrition information.