French Baguettes


This bread machine French bread recipe makes warm baguettes great eaten fresh from the oven. Use them to make sub sandwiches, etc.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
1 hrs
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
2 baguettes


  • 2 ½ cups bread flour

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 tablespoon white sugar

  • 1 ½ teaspoons bread machine yeast

  • 1 teaspoon salt

  • cooking spray

  • 1 egg yolk

  • 1 tablespoon water


  1. Place flour, 1 cup water, sugar, yeast, and salt into a bread machine pan in the order recommended by manufacturer. Select Dough cycle; press Start.

    Flour, water, sugar, yeast, and salt placed into a bread machine pan.

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  2. While the cycle is running, grease a bowl and cookie sheet with cooking spray; set them aside.

  3. When the cycle is complete, place dough in the greased bowl, turning to coat all sides.

    Dough placed into a greased bowl with all sides coated.

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  4. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, about 30 minutes. Dough is ready if indentation remains when touched.

    Dough doubled in size.

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    Dough is ready since indentation remained after touched.

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  5. Punch down dough and transfer to a lightly floured surface. Roll into a 16-x12-inch rectangle. Cut dough in half, creating two 8-x12-inch rectangles. Roll up each half of dough tightly, beginning at a long side, pounding out any air bubbles as you go. Roll gently back and forth to taper ends.

    Dough transferred to a floured surface and rolled into a rectangle.

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    Dough cut into two rectangles, with each half being rolled up tightly.

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  6. Place 3 inches apart on the greased cookie sheet. Make deep diagonal slashes across loaves every 2 inches or one lengthwise slash on each loaf. Cover and let rise in a warm place until doubled in size, 30 to 40 minutes.

    Each roll placed on cookie sheet, with diagonal slashes made two inches apart.

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  7. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  8. Mix egg yolk with 1 tablespoon water in a small bowl; brush over tops of loaves.

    After dough doubled in size, egg yolk and water is brushed over top.

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  9. Bake in the preheated oven until golden brown, 20 to 25 minutes.

    overhead view on golden-brown French baguettes, with some slices resting on the cutting board.

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Editor's Note:

For tips, see our article on Forming and Baking Baguettes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

113 Calories
1g Fat
22g Carbs
4g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 12
Calories 113
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 1g 1%
Saturated Fat 0g 1%
Cholesterol 17mg 6%
Sodium 196mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 22g 8%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 1g
Protein 4g
Calcium 7mg 1%
Iron 1mg 8%
Potassium 40mg 1%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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