Are you in the mood for a delicious whole wheat baguette that is so authentic that you feel like you're at a French bakery? Or you do not want to go to the next Panera and buy some whole grain baguette? Then you should definitely try this crispy and delicious French baguette recipe made from whole wheat (or spelt) flour. This homemade baguette bread comes without sourdough and with only 3 ingredients. The crust becomes crispy, crunchy and the crumb soft and tender. Exactly how a classic baguette should be.
vegan | vegetarian | egg-free | sugar-free | dairy-free | wholesome | healthy | wfpb
There is nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread. With this baguette recipe your house will smell delicious, so that you can hardly wait until the baguette is baked.
Here in the USA I bake more and more. It is hard to find authentic artisan bread here and I have to say that baking is fun, relaxing and when it comes out with such a delicious whole wheat baguette, the anticipation is even greater. And you know exactly what is in your bread.
A few years ago I bought a baking stone and it is not just good for stone oven pizza, it also helps when baking bread to achieve the perfect crust and crumb like artisan breads.
If you have a baking stone, you should definitely try baking this delicious French baguette on it. If not, you can still bake a delicious baguette, it just won't get as crispy and authentic as on a baking stone.
How I bake this baguette recipe depends on my mood, whether I use the stone or just bake it without in the oven. It is important in both variants that you bake with steam.
What baguette ingredients do I need to bake this crispy bread?
For this simple recipe you need 3 ingredients and you can create a delicious baguette.
Whole Wheat flour (or Spelt)
Water (which I didn't count as an ingredient)
How to make an authentic french whole wheat baguette?
Put all the ingredients in a bowl and knead the dough for about 10 minutes. I use a stand mixer with a dough hook. The dough should no longer stick to the bowl, but should be slightly damp and sticky. If the dough is too dry, add a little more liquid. If it is too sticky, add a little more flour. Now let the dough stand for 90 minutes covered with a damp tea towel.
Knead and fold the dough every 30 minutes (3 times in total). After each kneading, lay the dough with the fold down and cover the dough again.
Now put the dough with the tea towel in the fridge and let it stand for about 12-15 hours.
Take the dough out of the fridge and let it warm up to room temperature.
Now divide the dough into 3-4 equal parts. Shape the dough into cylinders, roll out the dough rectangularly and start folding from the long side towards the center, you repeat until a cylinder is formed. Cover the 4 dough cylinders and let them rise for approx. 60 min.
Now we shape the baguettes. To do this, I take a cylinder and start shaping on the long side of the cylinder so that you touch the countertop, you do this the entire length. Now slowly roll the baguette with the hands from the middle to the ends. It gets thinner toward the ends. Place the finished baguette on a parchment paper with the fold up. Cut the baguette with a sharp knife along the length or 3 diagonal incisions. Make a quick and firm cut. Dust the baguettes with some flour to make it more authentic. Cover the finished baguettes and let them go for 60 min. Preheat the oven to 500°F (250°C). You can now optionally use a baking stone or baking sheet big enough for the baguettes.
Place a bread pan of hot water on the lowest rack.
Open the oven and make sure that you don't get burned on the steam. Now slide the baguettes onto the stone or slide the baguettes onto the baking sheet with parchment paper.
Close the oven and set the temperature to 475°F (240°C) and bake for 15 min.
Remove the bread pan with the water and set the temperature to 450°F (220°C) and bake for another 10-15 min. Please monitor the baguettes, when they are golden brown they are ready.
Let the baguettes cool on a wire rack.
Which yeast is best for this?
I use active dry yeast because it is difficult to get fresh yeast here in the USA. So I always have yeast in stock and can bake spontaneously. If you are using fresh yeast, use 25 g of fresh yeast instead of the dry yeast.
When should you start preparing whole grain baguettes?
It is best to start the evening beforehand. So the dough can rest overnight for the specified 12-15 hours.
Scale vs Cups?
When you want an accurate recipe and you have a scale at home, you should definitely weigh the ingredients. Most scales are switchable between metric and oz.
What is the best way to steam the baguettes?
Steaming is the addition of water vapor when baking bread. You can do this as in the instructions with a bread pan filled with water or with ice cubes that you put on the bottom of the oven.
How do you store leftover whole wheat baguettes?
If you have any leftover and you want to eat them the next day, just put them in a bread box and briefly bake them again, so they taste fresh from the baker.
If you have more leftover, just freeze a few. Just bake the baguettes briefly and they taste like freshly baked. The baguettes are ideal for preparing in large quantities, so you always have them on hand.
Whole wheat flour: facts and information
- More fiber than the extract flour, since parts of the grain are removed from the white flour. White flour has only about 1.3g of fiber per 60g of flour. Whole wheat flour has about 6.5g to 60g of flour. Advantages: Prevents constipation, lowers cholesterol levels and can help you lose weight
- Bread has a full taste.
- Longer filling
- Contains folic acid, riboflavin, vitamins B1, B3 and B5.
Are baguettes vegan?
If the baguettes are traditionally made, with only flour, water, salt and yeast, then they are vegan.
How to serve whole grain baguettes?
- As a sandwich like this Vegan Tuna Salad Sandwich
- To soups
- Pizza bread
- Garlic baguette
More bread recipes:
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I couldn’t find whole wheat baguettes in my local stores. I found this recipe. I am not good with yeast. The instructions were a bit complicated. My baguettes were too salty. My crust was not hard. I didn’t bake the the full time in the second baking for fear of burning them. Aside from the salt, I am pleased I had an edible baguette. I will try it again with half the salt hoping my skills will improve. Thank you for the recipe.
Hi Alfredia, try to weigh the salt. I prefer weighing the ingredients for baking. It is more accurate and you get better results with cups and tsp.
Don't be afraid to burn them. Most amerikan breads are really soft and dont have a cripsy crust because they are baked on low temperature. Trust me bake it for the full time and you get a crust like from french baguettes. I hope next time you will like them more.
Thanks so much for the WW baguette recipe! I've been looking for one I could do, and this seems be a good one.
Can you please clarify 2 steps though:
1. Shape the dough into cylinders, roll out the dough rectangularly and start folding from the long side towards the center, you repeat until a cylinder is formed.
2. ...shape the baguette. Take a cylinder and start shaping on the long side of the cylinder so that you touch the countertop.
I'm having trouble visualizing these steps. In 1st, how to "start folding from the long side towards the center, you repeat until a cylinder is formed," and in 2nd, "start shaping on the long side of the cylinder so that you touch the countertop"? I really don't want the dough to touch the countertop, and not exactly sure in what way to shape it.
If a video is possible, that would be awesome. Thanks!
Hi, the first step is: You take one part of the dough and roll out rectangularly than you start with folding one side to the center, and you repeat that step until you get a cylinder. The second step is when you have the cylinder in front of you with the long side. You take some dough from the long side, which is nearer to you and you pull it over the cylinder until it touches the counter. Than you repeat that step and you will see it looks almost like a baguette. In the middle it gets the typical french baguette shape. I hope it helped. Let me know if you have more questions.
What a perfect looking baguette. Love that it’s free of so many allergens too, so it can be enjoyed by almost anyone ?
Thank you Nicole. 🙂 If you make it some time, let me know how you like it.
A homemade french baguette is heaven ?. Thanks for sharing! Claudia
You are welcome Claudia. Hope you enjoy it.
I absolutely love french baguette and have never made it successfully before. I can't wait to try your recipe!
HOpe you enjoy it Kate. If you have question let me know
Thanks for such a simple recipe. Can't wait to give this a try.
You are welcome Jen. Hope you enjoy it. Let me know if you have any question
Christine @ Happy Veggie Kitchen says
This looks amazing! I am definitely inspired to try making my own baguette now, you make it seem easy! And yep, I have lost blog post drafts before - it's gut wrenching isn't it!
Glad I am not the only one 😉 Hope you enjoy your baguette
I love all the healthy recipes I can get my hands on! This one looks so good!
Thank you so much
What a great recipe! I never thought to use maple syrup! We will certainly have to check this out. We just started baking our own breads. 🙂 YUM!
Thank you so much. Hope you like it as much as we do. Can't wait to see a photo, when you tried it.