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French Baguette Bread Recipe

Master this spin on the traditional French baguette recipe in a few steps with simple shaping techniques.

From "Bread and Butter"
January 2020

Yield: Makes 5ā€“6 baguettes


Baguettes are among the most satisfying breads to make. The method is a little tricky to master at first, but when your baguettes are looking pretty with their waves of ‘ears’ all lined up, you get an enormous sense of achievement – one I feel (almost) every day at work. (Of course, no one is perfect, and we still screw up now and then!) This recipe is adapted from a very traditional French baguette recipe. I’ve reduced the hydration slightly to make it easier while you’re getting to grips with the technique. You may also find it useful to consult YouTube or Google if you’re struggling to visualize the exact action needed at any stage.

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