4.8 from 5 votes
Crusty French Bread
Crusty French Bread (Bread Machine)
Prep Time
3 hrs 40 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
4 hrs
The awesome aroma of freshly baked bread by itself will inspire you make this Crusty French Bread time and time again. However, once you taste it, you’ll definitely be hooked. It only has five ingredients, and the bread machine does most of the work!
Course: Bread
Cuisine: American, French
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 115 kcal
Author: Chula King
  • 1 cup plus 3 1/2 Tablespoons 9.75 ounces, 276 grams filtered water
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 Tablespoon granulated sugar
  • 3 cups (15 ounces, 425 grams) bread flour
  • 1/2 Tablespoon instant yeast
  1. Add ingredients to bread machine pan in the order listed. Select Dough cycle, and press start.
  2. When the Dough cycle has completed, place dough on floured surface. Pat down, and cut dough into pieces. The weight depends on what you're making. For this recipe, cut into four 4-ounce pieces, and one 8-ounce piece. With each piece, pat dough onto a rectangle. Roll the long side, forming a cylinder. Press edges together, and continue to shape into loaf with tapered ends. Place on baguette pan. Repeat with remaining pieces of dough.
  3. Heat electric oven for exactly 1 minute, 45 seconds. Place baguettes into oven for 1 hour, or until double in size. Mist with water and make 2 to 3 make deep diagonal slashes across loaves with a sharp knife of razor blade.
  4. Preheat oven to 400° F. When oven has reached temperature, place in oven; bake for 20 minutes, or until golden brown. Remove from oven and let cool completely.
  5. Yield: 4 individual baguettes, and 1 large baguette.
Nutrition Facts
Crusty French Bread (Bread Machine)
Amount Per Serving
Calories 115
% Daily Value*
Sodium 291mg12%
Potassium 31mg1%
Carbohydrates 23g8%
Protein 3g6%
Calcium 5mg1%
Iron 0.3mg2%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.