This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic–a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup. For best results, this recipe requires sourdough starterkitchen scale, a baguette pan and 3 days. 

How to make Sourdough Baguettes! This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic--a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup.

How to make Sourdough Baguettes! By now, many of you have you have perfected your No-Knead Sourdough Bread and I thought I’d share a recipe for Sourdough Baguettes that will introduce a couple of new terms and techniques to add to your growing repertoire. This recipe was created by my friend, Kris Osborne over at Baked- the blog.

She’ll introduce you to the terms “levain” and “autolyse”,  two things I intentionally left out of the No-Kneed Sourdough bread to keep it as simple as possible. But I know you are ready now!  You’ll recognize the stretch and fold technique and will have by now, be able to do this with your eyes closed. I’m so excited for you to try this. Keep in mind this recipe takes 3 days.

Watch How to make Sourdough Baguettes| step-by-step Video 


STEP ONE:  The night before you plan to make the baguette dough, make the levain: In a medium bowl, mix together the starter, water, and bread flour until well-combined. Cover with a plate and rest overnight (8-12 hours) until very bubbly and active.

How to Make a Baguette! This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic--a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup.

The levain should have many small bubbles across the top and throughout.

make the levian

STEP TWO: Day two, morning. Transfer all of the levain to a large bowl. Add the water and bread flour, and mix until all of the flour is incorporated and a shaggy dough is formed. Cover with a lid or damp towel and set aside 45 minutes to rest. This is called the autolyse.

STEP THREE After the 45 minute rest period, add the salt to the dough and squeeze and pinch the salt into the dough until evenly distributed. Perform a set of stretch and folds (see notes), then cover and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.

add the salt

STEP FOUR: Continue to perform a set of stretch and folds every 30 minutes for 3 hours, covering and resting in between each round.

Continue to perform a set of stretch and folds every 30 minutes for 3 hours

How to do the Stretch and folds

To perform a series of stretch and folds, imagine the dough in 4 quadrants. Grab the dough in the 12 o’clock position and pull it up and over toward yourself (toward the 6 o’clock position). Watch the video above.

Then, rotate the bowl a quarter turn to the right and grab the dough in the 12 o’clock position again (formerly 9 o’clock), bringing it up and down toward 6 o’clock once more. Repeat this step 2 more times until each quadrant of the dough has made it to the 12 o’clock position and has been stretched and folded onto itself.

The dough will look like a little parcel.

Continue to perform a set of stretch and folds every 30 minutes for 3 hours

STEP FIVE  Shape! Gently tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut it into 3 equal portions. Using a circular cupping motion with the palm of your hand, gently roll each ball of dough on the countertop to create a taut ball.

Gently dust with flour and cover with a towel. Bench rest 30 minutes.

Using a circular cupping motion with the palm of your hand, gently roll each ball of dough on the countertop to create a taut ball.

Sprinkle your countertop with flour and gently pat the first ball of dough into a rectangle, approximately 9-inches long. Fold the top third of the dough down (like folding a business letter) and press it into the dough, using the heel of your hand, to stick the edges together.

Rotate the dough 180 degrees and repeat so that both the bottom and top thirds have been folded in. Fold the dough in half once more to create a slim silhouette, and, again, use the heel of your hand to connect the edges. Roll the dough so it’s seam-side down and press and roll the dough out so that a baguette shape forms, pinching the edges to taper them, if necessary.

Place seam side down on a greased baguette pan or heavily-dusted baking couche.  Please refer to video above!

STEP SIX Let this proof again. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Using a lame (or sharp knife or razor blade), make 3-5 diagonal slashes into each piece of dough.

STEP SEVEN: Day 3: The next morning, preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C) with the oven racks positioned in the middle and one level below. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and have a second baking sheet ready to add ice cubes to. (See notes.) When the oven is hot, remove the baguette dough from the fridge and place each shaped baguette onto the parchment-lined baking sheet.

When transferring the cold baguette dough, it will be snake-ish and hard to work with. Move quickly and efficiently so you don’t disrupt the shape of the baguette too much. Alternatively, you can bake the baguettes directly on the baguette pan until you get more comfortable working with the dough.  Keep in mind, the baguette pan will leave slight perforations on the bottom of the bread.

Using a lame (or sharp knife or razor blade), make 3-5 diagonal slashes into each piece of dough.

BAKE! Place a handful of ice cubes onto the second baking sheet. Immediately place the baguette dough into the oven on the middle rack and place the baking sheet with ice on the rack below. Close the oven door and turn the temperature down to 450°F. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until the bread is a deep golden brown. 

Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.

How to Make a Baguette! This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic--a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup.

How to store Baguettes

Bread is best eaten on the day that it’s made, but if stored in paper will keep an additional day.

You can freeze baguettes sliced or whole. If slicing, freeze individual slices on a baking sheet, then place into a freezer bag. If freezing whole, wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, then place in a freezer bag. Bread will keep this way for a few months.

Enjoy the process of learning how to make Sourdough Baguettes and let us know how it goes!

Happy Baking!

More sourdough recipes you may like! 

  1. Simple Sourdough Starter
  2. No-Knead Sourdough Bread
  3. Rosemary Olive Sourdough Bread
  4. Sourdough Crackers
  5. Vegan Banana Bread
  6. Overnight Sourdough Waffles 
  7. Sourdough Pancakes 
  8. Sourdough Scones 
  9. Sourdough Biscuits
  10. Sourdough Buns
  11. Sourdough croutons 

 

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How to Make a Baguette! This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic--a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup.

Sourdough Baguette Recipe

  • Author: Kris Osborne | Baked -The Blog.
  • Prep Time: 36 hours
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 36 hours 35 minutes
  • Yield: 3 14-inch baguettes 1x
  • Category: bread, sourdough, baked
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan

Description

This sourdough baguette is everything you want in the French classic–a crunchy crust, an open, airy crumb, and lots and lots of flavor. And it’s easier to make than you think! Eat it plain, slathered in butter, or serve it with your favorite soup. For best results, this recipe requires a kitchen scale, a baguette pan and 3 days time!


Ingredients

Scale

For the levain:

  • 65 grams active bubbly starter
  • 65 grams tepid water
  • 65 grams bread flour

For the dough:


Instructions

Day 1: (Evening) Make the Levain

  1. Make the levain: In a medium bowl, mix together the starter, water, and bread flour until well-combined. Cover with a plate and rest overnight (8-12 hours) until very bubbly and active. The levain should have many small bubbles across the top and throughout.

Day 2: Mix the dough

  1. In the morning, transfer all of the levain to a large bowl. Add the water and bread flour, and mix until all of the flour is incorporated and a shaggy dough is formed. Cover with a lid or damp towel and set aside 45 minutes to rest. This is called the autolyse.
  2. After the 45 minute rest period, add the salt to the dough and squeeze and pinch the salt into the dough until evenly distributed. Perform a set of stretch and folds (see video), then cover and set aside for 30 minutes to rest.

Bulk Rise

  1. Continue to perform a set of stretch and folds every 30 minutes for 3 hours, covering and resting in between each round.
  2. Gently tip the dough onto a lightly floured surface and cut it into 3 equal portions. Using a circular cupping motion with the palm of your hand, gently roll each ball of dough on the countertop to a create a taut ball. Gently dust with flour and cover with a towel. Bench rest 30 minutes.

  Shape

  1. Sprinkle your countertop with flour and gently pat the first ball of dough into a rectangle, approximately 9-inches long. Fold the top third of the dough down (like folding a business letter) and press it into the dough, using the heel of your hand, to stick the edges together. Rotate the dough 180 degrees and repeat so that both the bottom and top thirds have been folded in. Fold the dough in half once more to create a slim silhouette, and, again, use the heel of your hand to connect the edges. Roll the dough so it’s seam-side down and press and roll the dough out so that a baguette shape forms, pinching the edges to taper them, if necessary.
  2. Place seam side down on a greased baguette pan or heavily-dusted baking couche.

Second Rise

  1. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Day 3

Preheat and Score

  1. The next morning, preheat the oven to 500°F (260°C) with the oven racks positioned in the middle and one level below. Prepare a baking sheet with parchment paper and have a second baking sheet ready to add ice cubes to. (See notes.) When the oven is hot, remove the baguette dough from the fridge and place each shaped baguette onto the parchment-lined baking sheet. (Or bake in the baguette pan -see notes.) Using a lame (or sharp knife or razor blade), make 3-5 diagonal slashes into each piece of dough.

Bake

  1. Place a handful of ice cubes onto the second baking sheet. Immediately place the baguette dough into the oven on the middle rack and place the baking sheet with ice on the rack below. Close the oven door and turn the temperature down to 450°F. Bake for 30 – 35 minutes, or until the bread is a deep golden brown.  Remove from the oven and cool on a wire rack.
  2. Bread is best eaten on the day that it’s made, but if stored in paper will keep an additional day. You can freeze baguettes sliced or whole. If slicing, freeze individual slices on a baking sheet, then place into a freezer bag. If freezing whole, wrap tightly with aluminum foil or plastic freezer wrap, then place in a freezer bag. Bread will keep this way for a few months.

Notes

Stretch and folds: To perform a series of stretch and folds, imagine the dough in 4 quadrants. Grab the dough in the 12 o’clock position and pull it up and over toward yourself (toward the 6 o’clock position). Then, rotate the bowl a quarter turn to the right and grab the dough in the 12 o’clock position again (formerly 9 o’clock), bringing it up and down toward 6 o’clock once more. Repeat this step 2 more times until each quadrant of the dough has made it to the 12 o’clock position and has been stretched and folded onto itself. The dough will look like a little parcel.

Baking: When transferring the cold baguette dough to a parchment-lined pan, it will be snake-ish and hard to work with. Move quickly and efficiently so you don’t disrupt the shape of the baguette too much. Alternatively, you can bake the baguettes directly on the baguette pan until you get more comfortable working with the dough.  Keep in mind, the baguette pan will leave slight perforations on the bottom of the bread.

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: ¼ of a baguette
  • Calories: 196
  • Sugar: 0.2 g
  • Sodium: 388.7 mg
  • Fat: 0.9 g
  • Saturated Fat: 0.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 39.3 g
  • Fiber: 1.3 g
  • Protein: 6.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

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Chef and author of the whole-foods recipe blog, Feasting at Home, Sylvia Fountaine is a former restaurant owner and caterer turned full-time food blogger. She currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and shares seasonal, healthy recipes along with tips and tricks from her home kitchen.

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  1. Recipe worked well enough (ratio is good, stretch & folds develop the gluten well), but may be worth it to bulk rise overnight to give yeast more time to ferment (made the bread more airy for me). Also, unfortunately my oven temperature was too high, so I needed to redo this a few times (though not the fault of the recipe maker).

    1. Sorry Bruno- you could try lowering it a bit. Your oven also maybe running hotter than it should, do you have an oven thermometer to check it?

  2. This is a fabulous recipe! I’d like to try it with SOME whole wheat bread flour. For the 600 grams, could I use 1/4 WWBF? And if so, how much water?

    Or ~ your recommended amounts. Thanks!

    1. Hi Phawnda- may I suggest, for your first try, to only replace 1/2 cup white flour for 1/2 the cup whole wheat. You shouldn’t have to adjust the water, but if so, maybe by a only tablespoon.

  3. Hi there, loved your easy sourdough bread. It was fantastic and easy to make.
    Everything is working perfectly with this recipe as well, was just wondering if I should preheat not only oven but also baking tray or can that stay cold when I put it in the oven with bread.
    Thank you 😊