What is baguette (French bread)?
A baguette is a type of french bread commonly made from basic lean dough. It is long and thin and commonly around 26 inches in length, although some French baguettes can be up to 39 inches long.
How to make French baguettes from scratch?
The main skills required to make delicious French baguettes from scratch using this authentic crusty French baguette recipe are shaping a no-knead dough by folding and stretching, scoring at deep oblique angles, and steaming using a preheated pan and ice.
What flour is the best for baguette?
Use French flour for perfect baguettes with crispy crusts and fluffy insides. The best French flour for crusty French baguettes is type 55 flour which has a low protein content, although you can also use all-purpose or bread flour if French flour is unavailable.
How to keep French bread baguette fresh?
Keep your French bread baguette fresh by putting it in a long linen bread bag (sac à baguette) once it cools completely. You can also wrap your crusty French baguette in aluminum foil to keep it fresh for up to 2 days at room temperature.
How to store a baguette?
Never store your baguette in the fridge, as that will speed up the staling process. If you want to keep your French baguette for more than a couple of days, freeze in an airtight freezer bag and gently reheat in the oven when required. This will keep the bread fresh for up to 3 months.