French Baguette

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  1. NanaBread (Jeanne) May 4, 2011, 9:58 am

    My cooking goal this year is to master homemade bread that tastes as good as it looks. I’m totally intimidated by bread. I really need to conquer my fear that I can’t make good bread. Your baguette will be my next attempt. Thanks for the recipe and the encouragement for timid home bakers to keep trying!

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 5, 2011, 3:18 pm

      I wish you the best of luck on your cooking goal this year, Jeanne! I agree that bread can be super intimidating. I hope this baguette recipe helps you conquer your fear a bit more — I expect that it will, but I’d love to know how it goes.

  2. Lindsay Dianne May 4, 2011, 4:04 pm

    I am so terrible at bread baking…. But you’ve tempted me to try it. Once again, amazing work.

  3. rooths May 4, 2011, 5:02 pm

    What a beautiful baguette – mine would never come out looking like that. I’d like to echo your dream of having ANY type of career in Austin.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 5, 2011, 3:19 pm

      I’d bet yours would come out just like mine if you try this recipe, Rooths! ;) Let me know if you do!

  4. Karen May 5, 2011, 12:44 pm

    Wow… that sounds pretty easy. I actually made yeast rolls for the first time on Easter, so I’m ready to tackle bread now. Would you believe I’ve actually got a funky pan that’s specifically designed to bake loaves of French bread, but I’ve never used it. I’m going to break it in this weekend.

    btw… you need to change your little bio blurb up top. You are now the mother of two adorable girls. ;)

  5. Michael May 7, 2011, 1:01 am

    It’s a beautiful loaf of bread, but please don’t call it french…

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef May 8, 2011, 2:05 pm

      Hi Michael. Not French, eh? Please let me know what makes you say this — it is my understanding that a baguette is considered “French” based off its ingredients (which I thought I followed), its size/length and the slits. I’m always interested in learning what’s correct, though, so please let me know how I may not be fully accurate. Thanks!

  6. Kim August 4, 2011, 9:36 pm

    Just came across your recipe and am excited to try. I was just in Paris for the first time and absolutely fell in love with the baguette!

  7. Kim August 7, 2011, 9:23 pm

    Made the French baguette today. It was very easy to make, and delicious. It even looks pretty. Thank you for the recipe! My family enjoyed very much.

  8. Niki September 11, 2011, 3:44 pm

    I had never made bread before although I always wanted to. So when I found this recipe on your site the other day I figured I’d give it a shot. Not only was it wicked easy, but it actually turned out really well! I’m never buying baguettes again. Thank you so much!

  9. Jaime Lynn Braden November 10, 2011, 6:19 pm

    I just made this for dinner to go with tomato-basil bisque. IT WAS AWESOME! This is the greatest bread!!! It turned out so well and I am not experienced at all with baking bread! Thanks so much for sharing! I’m never buying french bread ever again!

  10. Juanita February 1, 2012, 4:50 pm

    I made this recipe as well and loved it. I double the recipe and it comes out more like a french bread. My kids and husband are so in love with this bread.

    I substituted the sugar with honey and it came it very moist, it was delicious. I also added oregano, and basil on top to make it like an Italian bread. One of our favorites when we do have bread. Thanks.

  11. Paula February 12, 2012, 8:14 pm

    My girlfriend got me a baguette pan for christmas since I’ve been wanting one ever since we went to Paris last summer. On New Years Eve, I decided to try it out for the first time. I read a ton of different recipes and decided to go with some tutorial on youtube which was a huge mistake because the guy said to use 4 tablespoons of salt! Not to mention that everything else seemed to go wrong (dough too stringy, too wet, no surface tension after kneeding for 20 minutes). When it was all said and done, the bread looked wonderful, but was hard as a rock and tasted like a salt lick.

    Today, I’m trying it again and using your recipe (which I had saved from NYE). EVERYTHING looked fine while mixing, kneeding, and rising so I feel like everything is going well. The baguettes are cooling as I type and the smell is heavenly. Thanks for posting this great (and easy to follow) recipe! The next time I make it, my girlfriend will post the details in her blog ( and we’ll definitely link back to you!


  12. Joy February 29, 2012, 12:37 pm

    Wow, this is the third recipe of yours I’ve tried and it worked out fantastically! One question, could I make 2 of the cups of flour whole wheat?

    Great recipe, thanks!

  13. Ryan February 29, 2012, 9:48 pm

    Delicious! Turned out great for me. It was a little heavy any ideas? Maybe too much compaction after it had risen? Thanks!

  14. Rebecca July 12, 2012, 2:58 pm

    I gave this recipe to my 15 year old daughter who loves to bake and it turned out amazing! So simple!

  15. Charlotte October 12, 2012, 8:50 pm

    Lacey – I was scarred by baking when I had two bad pizza crusts in a row but this recipe is fool-proof and DELICIOUS! Thank you so much. I love all of your recipes and this one will be in the mix for a long time to come.

    1. lacey - a sweet pea chef October 13, 2012, 9:10 pm

      Yay, Charlotte! That makes me so happy to hear! Man, my first few pizzas were a disaster — inedible even — so your comment brought a smile to my face :)

  16. Heather October 15, 2013, 12:09 am

    I too have a love/hate relationship with bread. I love bread and want to make my own, but it just never turns out. But this was fabulous! Thank you!!!


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