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Crusty Classic French Bread

By: John Goins from
Updated June 12, 2020
Crusty Classic French Bread
Crusty Classic French Bread

"Probably the most iconic food of France is crispy, light and airy bread that dates back to the 19th century. Craving for a crusty French loaf? Look no further as this is the easiest baguette recipe you can find. You only need four pantry staples to make this bread. You can make perfect baguettes (Crusty Classic French Bread) at home in your kitchen by following this recipe. You can add herbs during the baking process. Herbs such as rosemary, thyme, and oregano will be the perfect addition to your baguette recipe. Or add a few aromatics such as leeks, garlic or onion."


Preparation Time2 hr

Cooking Time20 min

Cooking MethodOven

Cooking Vessel Size10-inch cylinder


  • 50 grams warm water
  • 1 teaspoon active dry yeast
  • 439 grams bread flour
  • 2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 283 grams cool water
  • flour, for dusting


  1. Combine and stir active dry yeast and warm water. Set aside for 10 minutes

  2. In a large bowl, combine bread flour and salt.

  3. Make a well in the center of the flour mixture, and stir in the dissolved yeast.

  4. Add the cold water and mix until fully incorporated.

  5. Knead the dough for 10 minutes and transfer to a bowl dusted with flour.

  6. Cover with plastic wrap and ferment until it doubles in size, for about 1 hour.

  7. Punch down the dough and divide it into four equal pieces.

  8. Round the dough over and let it rest for 10 minutes.

  9. Shape each piece of dough to a 10-inch cylinder.

  10. Place each rolled dough on a dusted pan.

  11. Let it rest for 30 minutes.

  12. Score several diagonal cuts in each piece of dough.

  13. Bake at 450 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes.

  14. Serve with a spread of butter or cream cheese and a bottle of light white wine.

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