Artisan French Bread Recipe (Homemade Baguettes)

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Artisan French Bread Recipe (Homemade Baguettes)

Make your own French bread baguettes with this artisan French bread recipe. Get delicious fresh bread with minimal ingredients and minimal time. This easy bread recipe has so much flavor and is a great go-to baguette recipe for when you want fresh bread. 

homemade artisan French bread recipe

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Artisan French Bread Ingredients 

To make the best homemade french bread recipe you only need a few simple ingredients that can easily be found at the grocery store:

  • 355 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F)
  • 5 grams active dry yeast
  • 605 grams all purpose flour
  • 15 grams kosher salt
  • 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 grams cool filtered water (60 degrees F)
ingredients for artisan French bread recipe

​How to Make the Bread

The first step in making any homemade bread recipe is the dough. This will be the base for the bread as well as other bread recipes that we create, like pepperoni bread and prosciutto bread. Start with a large bowl and a kitchen scale. You can grab a kitchen scale online here if you don’t have one:  

Pour 355g of water into the large mixing bowl. 

water in bowl to make homemade bread starter

Next, add the dry active yeast. 

active dry yeast in bowl with water

Use a wire whisk to vigorously mix the water and yeast.  

whisk bread starter

Then carefully add the flour to the bowl. 

flour in large bowl

If you do not have a stand mixer, stir the bread dough with a wooden spoon for 4 minutes while turning the bowl to simulate a stand mixer.

all purpose flour to make bread

Once the dough feels somewhat combined, knead the dough in the bowl. If you do have a stand mixer then mix using the dough hook attachment. You don’t really need any special equipment for this artisan French bread recipe. You will be able to get great bread either way you mix it. 

knead the dough in large bowl

Add the remaining 20 grams of water to the bowl.

how to make homemade French bread

Sprinkle the salt into the bowl with the wet dough. 

making bread dough for artisan French bread recipe

Knead or mix the dough for an additional 6 minutes. Form the dough into a dough ball and cover it with a piece of plastic wrap. Set aside at room temperature for 20 minutes and let the dough rest. Then place in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. 

bread dough ball in bowl with plastic wrap

Preparing Bread Loaves for the Oven

Remove the dough from the refrigerator, and cut it into three equal portions. Coat the dough with the olive oil and set aside for 20 minutes to come to room temperature. 

Either line a baking sheet with a piece of parchment paper or use a bread loaf pan. We are using this Silicone French Baguette Bread Pan Food Mat.

silicone bread mold form

Sprinkle a little flour onto the bread mat.

silicone bread mold pan

Take each of the three portions of bread dough and shape them into small loaves of bread. Place them onto the bread pan seam side down. Sprinkle a bit more flour on top of the dough. 

bread dough in baguettes mold

Score the Bread

Use a sharp knife or razor blade to score the dough. Simply slice shallow cuts in a diagonal pattern on the top of the dough. This will give you the look of authentic French baguettes, and allows the bread to expand and rise while it cooks in the oven.

Set the fully prepared loaves aside in a warm place for 1 hour for a final rise.

score the tops of bread dough

Baking Artisan French Bread

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.

When you set the oven to preheat and before you place the bread into the oven you also need to place a sheet pan, roasting pan, or other oven-safe dish on the lower rack at the bottom of the oven. We use a cast iron skillet.

When you place the bread into the hot oven you will pour a cup of water into the preheated pan then quickly close the oven door. This will create and trap steam in the oven. This steam prevents the outside of the bread from forming a hard crust too early in the baking process and allows the homemade French baguettes to fully rise while baking. The steam also creates a delicious crispy crust.  

Bake for 35 minutes until the crispy crust is golden brown. After 35 minutes, remove the artisan French bread baguettes from the oven.

fresh hot French baguettes, homemade bread

Set the bread loaves on a wire rack to cool.

loaves of homemade baguettes on wire rack

This crusty bread recipe makes delicious authentic French baguettes with a crispy outer crust and warm fresh bread inside. 

French baguettes bread recipe

Artisan French Bread Recipe for Homemade Baguettes

Slice the bread and enjoy with simple jelly or jam, dip in your favorite soup, make your favorite sandwich, or eat as a side to any entrée. This is a great recipe because it’s so versatile and can be enjoyed with many different dishes. 

artisan French bread recipe

Make sure to check out all of our bread recipes:

FAQs and Variations 

You are always able to adjust a recipe to your own personal preference. Doing this may yield different results. 

Can I use bread flour instead of all-purpose flour?

Yes, you can definitely try making this homemade bread with bread flour. You can even try whole wheat flour too if you’d like.

I don’t have that silicone bread form, can I make this bread on a pizza stone?

Sure, give it a try, but make sure to watch the time to ensure the bottom of the bread doesn’t burn. Place a light dusting of cornmeal or semolina flour on the stone before baking the bread.

Can I add an egg wash to this bread?

Yes, you can opt for an egg wash instead of the flour dusting if that’s what you prefer.

artisan French bread recipe
Artisan French Bread Recipe (Homemade Baguettes)

Artisan French Bread Recipe (Homemade Baguettes)

Yield: 3 loaves
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Additional Time: 3 days
Total Time: 3 days 50 minutes

Make your own french bread baguettes with this artisan French bread recipe. Delicious fresh bread with a crispy crust.


  • 355 grams cool water (60 degrees F)
  • 5 grams active dry yeast
  • 605 grams all-purpose flour
  • 15 grams kosher salt
  • 20 grams extra virgin olive oil
  • 20 grams cool water (60 degrees F)


  1. In a large mixing bowl add the water and yeast, mix thoroughly.
  2. Add the flour and stir to a rough dough.
  3. Knead the dough for 4 minutes
  4. Add the salt and additional water.
  5. Knead the dough for an additional 6 minutes
  6. Cover with plastic wrap and set aside at room temperature for 20 minutes.
  7. Place the dough in the refrigerator for 3 days.
  8. Remove the dough from the refrigerator and cut the dough into 3 equal pieces.
  9. coat each dough with olive oil and set aside for 20 minutes.
  10. Form each dough into a loaf shape.
  11. Prepare the baking form or baking sheet by sprinkling flour on the surface.
  12. Place the loaves on the baking form or baking sheet and top with a dusting of flour.
  13. Score each loaf along the length and set aside for 1 hour to rise.
  14. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F and place an oven safe pan on the bottom oven rack.
  15. Place the bread in the oven and pour a cup of water into the pan on the bottom rack.
  16. Quickly close the oven door and bake for 35 minutes at 425 degrees F.
  17. Remove bread from the oven and allow the bread to cool.

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  4. This bread looks perfect! I can’t wait to try it with some of the fresh tomatoes from the garden. Thank you for sharing your recipe at the Senior Salon Pit Stop! I’m excited to be featuring your post at Monday’s party. Congrats! Pinned
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