French Baguette

French BaguetteI was in the mood for fresh bread so I baked a French baguette. The bread was super easy to make (thanks to my bread machine) and it smelled perfectly delicious while baking in the oven. I have a feeling I will be using this recipe again and again.

French Baguette:
Adapted recipe and photos by For the Love of
Original recipe by
  • 1/2 cup of warm water
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 1/2 tsp white sugar
  • 1 1/4 cups of flour
  • 3/4 tsp bread machine yeast
  • Corn meal
  • 1 egg + 2 tsp water, mixed

French Baguette

Place the water, salt, white sugar, flour, and yeast into a bread machine pan in that order. Turn the bread machine to the dough setting and push start.

French BaguetteOnce the dough cycle has completed (mine lasts 1 1/2 hours). Deflate the dough and turn it out onto a lightly floured surface. Roll the dough into a rectangle then fold in half and seal the seam firmly with the side of your hand. Roll up dough jelly roll style very tightly and pinch the seam closed really well. Place the loaf onto a silpat mat that has been sprinkled with cornmeal. Cover with a cloth and let rise, until doubled in size, about 40 minutes.

French Baguette

Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Combine the egg with the water and beat until thoroughly mixed. Brush the egg mixture on the top of the loaf. Carefully slice three diagonal slits across the loaf with a very sharp knife. Place the silpat mat onto a baking sheet.

French Baguette

Place into the oven and bake for 17-22 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from the oven and let it cool on a rack before slicing and serving.

French Baguette

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40 Responses to “French Baguette”

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    Barefeet In The Kitchen — May 24, 2011 @ 4:06 am

    Too funny! I made a sloppy messy version of this for our dinner too. It was DELICIOUS though. 🙂

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    Hari Chandana — May 24, 2011 @ 4:17 am

    Looks yummy !!
    Indian Cuisine

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    Julie — May 24, 2011 @ 4:51 am

    Ah, nothing like homemade bread…looks amazing!

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    Justdorkin — May 24, 2011 @ 4:52 am

    do you know how long i would kneed the dough if i was not using a bread maker?

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    Nym — November 17, 2012 @ 11:43 am

    I too would love to know how long it would take to knead the bread, since I don’t have a bread maker 🙁

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    kadirecipes — May 24, 2011 @ 6:58 am

    Unfortunately I don't have a bread machine, never made a homemade bread.
    I LOVE FRENCH Bread. And this one looks so yum…..

    Delicious African Recipes

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    Food, Fun and Life in the Charente — May 24, 2011 @ 7:17 am

    Must try this and see how it competes with the real thing. Diane

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    Aja — May 24, 2011 @ 7:41 am

    looks very good. have you published your cooking book?

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    Joanne — May 24, 2011 @ 10:24 am

    Nothing like a warm loaf of bread right out of the oven…especially if that loaf is a baguette! Delicious!

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    The Café Sucré Farine — May 24, 2011 @ 10:41 am

    I can almost smell it across the computer screen! YUM! You make it look so simple. Looks like this bread would make great sandwiches for a summer picnic!

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    Anonymous — May 24, 2011 @ 10:51 am

    The bread looks delicious, Pam! I was wondering what the difference is between this baquette and the crusty French bread you posted in the past? Thanks!

    Kim in MD

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    jen — May 24, 2011 @ 11:43 am

    I have a version of this recipe that is no knead. Either way, you can make these in bulk and freeze them. Then, let one thaw overnight in the fridge. Use it that evening to make homemade garlic bread. Cut in half lengthwise, add butter, garlic, parsley, and cheese if you like. Then throw it in your oven at about 400 for about 10 minutes or until the cheese is golden and bubbly.


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    StephenC — May 24, 2011 @ 11:51 am

    Can't bring myself to bake. Although I do love some good bread.

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    Cooking Creation — May 24, 2011 @ 11:57 am

    Wow! That bread looks perfect!

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    Carol @ There's Always Thyme to Cook — May 24, 2011 @ 12:14 pm

    Looks great! I'm so impressed that you wanted bread and a little while later it was done. I can't bake.

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    Jenn — May 24, 2011 @ 1:12 pm

    I bet your house smelled so good! The baguette looks wonderful, Pam. Wish I had a nice slice of it right now!!

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    Anonymous — May 24, 2011 @ 1:55 pm

    This looks so good. I made your strawberry,banana,choc chip muffins last night. They are AMAZING.

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    Cathy — May 24, 2011 @ 2:10 pm

    You have a real gift for bread baking, Pam. My mother had that gene too but didn't pass it along to me. There's nothing better than a fresh loaf right out of the oven.

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    PeggyR — May 24, 2011 @ 2:13 pm

    Looks delicious.

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    Gloria — May 24, 2011 @ 2:40 pm

    The baguette look georgeous Pam, I love bread, specially baguette, look georgeous, x gloria

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    Pam — May 24, 2011 @ 3:12 pm


    I am sorry to say that I have no idea how long you knead without a bread maker. I am sure if you "GOOGLE" it, there will be lots of help out there.

    Kim in MD,

    The French loaf is much bigger and it also includes olive oil in the ingredients. Hope this helps.


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    Justdorkin — May 24, 2011 @ 3:40 pm

    thanks Pam. i went ahead and googled it and the steamy kitchen said to kneed for 6 minutes rest for 6 minutes and then kneed for another 7. in case anyone else wanted to know. your pictures mean that i just might have to make some bread tonight.

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    Kate — May 24, 2011 @ 4:17 pm

    There is nothing better than the smell of homemade bread wafting through the house! Unless, of course, it is warm homemade bread with butter melting on my slice!

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    Andrea@WellnessNotes — May 24, 2011 @ 6:12 pm

    I love the smell of freshly baked bread! Topped with a little butter and maybe some cheese… Yum.

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    The Blonde Duck — May 24, 2011 @ 6:20 pm

    I forsee French bread pizza!

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    JaseP @ Gems of Advice — May 24, 2011 @ 7:10 pm

    It looks delicious – perfect with some cheeses and red wine!

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    Georgia | The Comfort of Cooking — May 24, 2011 @ 7:30 pm

    What a perfect looking loaf! This looks so wonderful, Pam, and it would go great with the eggplant parmigiana I posted today! Thanks for sharing another great recipe. 🙂

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    The Cheap Chic Momma — May 24, 2011 @ 7:39 pm

    printing this off right now….
    NOTHING compares to fresh, hot, homemade bread!

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    Marjie — May 24, 2011 @ 8:26 pm

    I'm so proud of you, making bread all the time now! Beautiful loaf! (Try it with honey for a slightly different flavor; you'll love it.)

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    Holly Henry — May 24, 2011 @ 9:51 pm

    This looks like it's calling for some butter 🙂 So so yummy!

    Thank you for sharing this recipe!


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    Cirt — May 25, 2011 @ 12:02 am

    It's wonderful to wake up to the aroma of cooking bread. I'm going to make some baguettes in the early morning!

    Smeelgova the Badger-thrower

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    Angela — May 25, 2011 @ 1:25 am

    I miss my bread machine. This is beautiful.

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    Terri — May 25, 2011 @ 6:44 am

    I'll have to try this recipe in my bread maker. I hardly ever use it just for mixing dough. I have been looking at recipes the past few days for making french bread, so this post came just at the rimght time.

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    Maranda — May 25, 2011 @ 7:38 pm

    That bread is lovely! I've tried making a baguette once and it wasn't as pretty as yours.

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    muppy — May 26, 2011 @ 1:00 am

    Theres not much better then fresh bread 🙂

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    Leslie — May 26, 2011 @ 6:07 pm

    Help??? I tried this exactly as follows and the dough is a gloppy mess — I only just started the recipe – so will this get better? Thanks

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    Pam — May 26, 2011 @ 6:24 pm


    I am not sure why it's a gloppy mess! I would try slowly adding more flour until it feels like the right consistancy. I hope this helps and that your bread turns out.


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    grace — May 27, 2011 @ 7:09 am

    i often think that french baguettes look like a weapon, and they very well could be! i like the crisp crust though, and having an extra weapon on hand shouldn't be a bad thing. 🙂

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    ginger and scotch — May 27, 2011 @ 3:29 pm

    Thanks for this – tried to make french bread the last two weekends and wasn't very successful so looking fwd to trying your recipe.

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    Pam — November 19, 2012 @ 7:45 am

    I am sorry I can’t help… I always use my bread machine and I never knead it by hand. I am sure if you Google it you should be able to find help with kneading time.


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