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No Knead French Bread (Baguette)

Here is a super easy no-knead French bread recipe. Anyone can easily make this bread without any baking experience.
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No-knead Baguette

Honestly, you can actually make this every day. Yes, it’s that easy with simple everyday ingredients and a couple of simple steps, you will be having a freshly baked loaf on your table. Even if you are not an accomplished baker, you will still be able to make this crispy no-knead french bread effortlessly!
Bread making, in general, is therapeutic for me, plus the smell of bread in the entire house while baking it is very satisfying…amazing! Especially when I’m alone in my kitchen. It’s such a satisfying feeling making bread, the kneading the proofing it all involves time patience, I know but I love it.
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As much as I like to devote this much time and energy to get a great loaf I still adore the idea of the No-knead bread recipe. It provides the simplest way to get a bread loaf on your Table. As a busy mom, I have a whole lot of things to attend to so my way of escape is to create these super easy, and great tasting loaves. No one will ever know a little effort can yield such an amazing loaf (Well, except you tell them).
This No-knead Baguette needs, no overnight rising, no fuss and it still comes out with a crunchy crust and a chewy interior.  This recipe will even make the novice baker a pro! and just in case you have never tried to make any no-knead bread recipe before you may want to check out this super easy no-knead bread rolls and other no-knead bread recipes.
Bread making is a skill that might seem intimidating. However, you can still get your dough to look perfectly smooth, airy, moist, and elastic without having to do any degree in science or arts.
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Watch the step by step video on how to make the no-knead french bread below

No-knead French Bread, No-knead Baguette, French stick, Baguette de pain, or whatever name sounds sweet to you requires only a handful of ingredients which are Flour, Water, Salt, Yeast, sugar, and Oil. With 5 easy steps, your fresh bread is ready

Step 1

Combine the Water, Yeast, Sugar, and Salt in a large bowl. Don’t worry you don’t have to proof your yeast.
Combine the Water, Yeast, Sugar, and Salt in a large bowl

Step 2

Mix in the flour until everything is well combined. The appearance will be untidy but that is not a problem because we are interested in the end product.
Mix in the flour until everything is well combined

Step 3

Leave to proof
Leave to proof

Step 4

Shape the dough and wait for the second rise
Shape the dough and wait for the second rise

Step 5

Bake your bread.
Bake your bread.
That’s all your no knead Baguette is ready! Serve with a bowl of soup, spread a layer of butter over it, or make it into a sandwich.

Important Warning

The only problem I have when I make this no-knead baguette is the cooling part. Experts say that the bread should be left to cool for 1 hour? How can I wait that long? I’m sorry experts, I will have to do 10 minutes or less. Enjoy!
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No-Knead French Bread (No Knead Baguette)

Here is a super easy French bread recipe. Honestly, you can actually make this every day. Yes, it's that easy. With simple everyday ingredients and a couple of simple steps, you will have a freshly baked loaf on your table. Even if you are not an accomplished baker, you will still be able to make this crispy, no-knead french bread effortlessly!
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Course: Breakfast/Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: French
Keyword: baguette, homemade, no knead french bread
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Resting Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Servings: 2 Loaves
Calories: 942kcal
Author: Lola Osinkolu


  • 4 cups Flour
  • 1 Tbsp Sugar
  • Tsp Salt
  • ½ Tbsp Yeast
  • 1 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1.5 Cups Water


  • Mix the water, sugar, salt, and yeast together in a large bowl
  • Add the flour and mix until all the water has been absorbed and a shaggy mass of dough is formed
  • Rub the surface of the dough with olive oil. Cover with a tight-fitting lid or a plastic wrap and leave to rest in a warm place for 2 hours
  • Punch down the dough and transfer it to a floured work surface. Flatten it out and divide the dough into two
  • Flatten out the dough into a square (you don't have to be perfect) and roll it tightly as you would a mat, and place it on a parchment-lined baking pan
  • Cover with a damp towel and leave to rise again for 30 minutes to 1 hour sharp knife
  • Get a sharp knife and make about 4 slant deep slashes on the
  • Using a spray bottle, spray the surface of the bread with warm water and bake in a 400 deg F preheated oven for 20 to 25 minutes.


  • Don't be tempted to add more flour. The high moisture content of the dough is what gives the bread its crunchy crust I did not proof my yeast because there I left the dough to rise for 2 hours. However, the rising time may vary depending on humidity, altitude, and temperature.


Calories: 942kcal | Carbohydrates: 197g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 1821mg | Potassium: 267mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 6g | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 11.6mg

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Recipe Rating

Susan Shannon

Friday 17th of November 2023

Chef Lola, I made the 2 french bread baguettes. Delicious!!! Is it possible to make 1 big loaf? I am thinking you would need to bake it longer. Susan

Deborah H

Saturday 13th of May 2023

Delicious and so easy to make! A little more salt was my only addition.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Tuesday 13th of June 2023

That's nice, Deborah


Sunday 15th of January 2023

This is my go-to recipe for French bread. Thank you for this recipe, Chef Lola!☺️. I just made some a couple of hours ago for some homemade garlic bread. For the homemade garlic butter: in a blender, or a food processor, blend together 1 softened stick of butter, 3/4 tsp of granulated garlic (or 1/4 tsp + 1/8 tsp of garlic powder, or 3 cloves of garlic), and 2 tsp of dried parsley (or 2 tbsp of fresh parsley, minced). Cut your loaf of French bread in half, and spread each half with the garlic butter. Place the bread halves, butter-side-up, on a baking sheet, and bake in a 325°F oven, until golden. ☺️😋

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Thursday 2nd of March 2023

You're welcome and thanks for sharing.

Wai Yee

Monday 4th of July 2022

Thanks Lola , The french baguette recipe is easy and made my baking successful.

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Sunday 10th of July 2022

Thank you, Wai Yee.


Monday 21st of March 2022

Hi, I am pinning your No Knead Potato bread and looking at this one. Am I right to assume the yeast is Active Dry Yeast as opposed to Instant Yeast?

Chef Lola's Kitchen

Wednesday 30th of March 2022

You can use any of the two types of yeast. The difference between the two is that one rise instantly while the other doesn't. You can use the two interchangeably.