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Rustic Baguette Recipe

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Making homemade bread is always labor of love that requires patience. This Rustic Baguette recipe produces long, crispy baguettes, with large holes inside and the aroma that you can only get by making bread yourself.

When you need a therapeutic experience in the kitchen, grab this Rustic Baguette recipe and make sure to give yourself enough time to complete the project as anytime your’e working with yeast, it is expected that you will need a couple hours before the bread is baked.

The Rustic Baguettes are great to eat on their own, or with a spreading of salted butter, or better yet with a dipping concoction of olive oil, Italian seasoning and some well aged balsamic vinegar. Not to mention just using them for regular sandwiches or bruschettas. If the Rustic Baguette recipe makes more than you would eat in a day or two, freeze the rest and re-crisp by placing the bread into a 350F oven for 5-7 minutes.


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Rustic Baguettes

Rustic Baguettes Recipe. By Let the Baking Begin!
Rustic Baguette Recipe - crispy on the inside, with a chewy crumb and large holes this recipe is sure a keeper!
Author: Marina | Let the Baking Begin
Course: Bread
Cuisine: Italian
Keyword: rustic baguettes
Calories: 61 kcal
Prep Time: 3 hours 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours
Servings: 10 servings



  • 1 Tbsp dry instant yeast
  • 1 Cup warm water
  • 1 Cup bread flour

Later add:

  • 4 - 4½ cups bread flour 1 cup can be substituted with whole wheat flour
  • cup warm water
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 1 teaspoon salt


Make the starter first:

  1. Dissolve 1 tbsp dry instant yeast with 1 cup warm water, then add 1 cup flour and mix until no flour is seen. Allow to proof in warm, draft free place for 1 hour.

  2. Dissolve 1 tsp salt and 2 tbsp honey in water and add to the starter. Add flour in 3 additions, kneading in between until an elastic dough forms. After all the flour has been added, knead for another 10-15 minutes. Roll the dough into a ball and put it into a well-oiled bowl, large enough to allow for doubling in size of the dough. Cover with a tea towel and allow to rise for about an hour or until doubled in size. Punch down the dough and divide it in 3. Form 3 long baguettes and place onto cornmeal-dusted parchment paper. Sprinkle the baguette with a little bit of flour, cover with a tea towel and allow to proof for another 40 minutes.

  3. Heat oven to 450 F and place a bowl with water on the bottom of the oven. With a sharp serrated knife, make 3 diagonal cuts about ½ inches deep on each baguette. Slide a baking sheet under the parchment paper and put into the oven. Sprinkle the oven with ice cold water (which will create steam) and quickly close the oven door.
  4. Bake for 7 minutes, then spray the oven with ice cold water again, shut the door quickly and lower the temperature to 380F and bake for another 25 minutes or when deep golden color. Then, remove from oven and allow to cool on a cooling rack before cutting.
Nutrition Facts
Rustic Baguettes
Amount Per Serving
Calories 61
% Daily Value*
Sodium 234mg10%
Potassium 23mg1%
Carbohydrates 13g4%
Sugar 3g3%
Protein 1g2%
Calcium 2mg0%
Iron 0.1mg1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Welcome to Let the Baking Begin! I'm Marina and my love and passion for eating only the most delicious foods drive me to share that love here on Let the Baking Begin (since 2009). With over 20 years of experience in the kitchen, you know the recipes are tested and retested until perfect. I'm so happy to have you here. Enjoy! Read more...

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