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Turn bread into crispy toasted baguette slices with this simple method! They’re perfect for topping as crostini or as an appetizer with hummus and dips. We use this method all the time and it’s so easy!

Toasted baguette
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Why we love this recipe

Here’s a trick for the most delicious crostini or crackers: make toasted baguette slices! These little crispy chips are the perfect appetizer recipe, for a cheese board or antipasto platter, or dipping into spinach artichoke dip.

Many store-bought crackers can taste stale or like they’re full of additives and preservatives—so why not make your own homemade version? Alex and I have been making these for years as an appetizer when we’re entertaining, and finally decided we should write down the recipe. Here’s how to do it and our favorite ways to serve them.

Tips for shopping for a baguette

Of course, you’ve got to start with a baguette! Look for the best quality French baguette you can find at your local grocery. But there is a little wiggle room with this one.

Since you’ll be toasting the bread to a crisp, the quality is not as important as if you were using it un-toasted. You can also whip a homemade baguette recipe (toast it for next-day leftovers). But any store-bought baguette will do the trick!

How to make toasted baguette

Toasting a baguette is so simple, you should make it a point to memorize these steps. Once you’ve used this method once, commit it to memory and you can make it in your sleep. Or bookmark this so you can remember the temperature and timing.

  • Preheat the oven to 350°F.
  • Slice the baguette on the bias. Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer (no oil or parchment paper needed!).
  • Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and crisp. timing will depend on the age of the baguette and thickness of the slices.
Goat cheese crostini
Spread toasted baguette with goat cheese and top with honey and mint. The perfect appetizer!

What is slicing on the bias?

We’ve indicated to slice the baguette on the bias: on the bias means diagonally! You can easily make this recipe slicing the bread straight-on. But slicing on the bias makes for larger pieces! It’s especially nice for smaller baguettes to get a nice oval shape for the pieces.

Ways to serve toasted baguette

Let us count the ways to serve these homemade toasted baguette “crackers”! You can serve them up as crostini, with your favorite dips, or in a happy hour platter. Here’s where to start:

Baked Brie

Storing leftovers

You can! You can make them up to 5 days in advance. Allow them to cool fully, then store them in a sealed container at room temperature until serving.

Make your own baguette

If you love baking, have we got the recipe for you! We’ve made it our mission to simplify homemade bread baking for you. We’ve got DIYs for the art of sourdough bread and no knead bread.

We’ve moved on to baguettes: and this recipe turned out stunning! The flavor of this homemade baguette is incredible: like an authentic French-style loaf. Try this baguette recipe.

Baguette

Dietary notes

This toasted baguette recipe is vegetarian, vegan, plant based, and dairy-free.

More party appetizers

This toasted baguette is our go-to for entertaining! Here are a few more of our popular appetizer recipes that are always a winner:

Frequently asked questions

What can I use toasted baguette for?

Toasted baguette, also known as crostini, is a versatile base for appetizers, snacks, or light meals. Top it with various ingredients like bruschetta, avocado, smoked salmon, or simply olive oil and herbs.

Can I use other types of bread for toasting?

Yes! While baguette is the traditional choice for crostini, you can use other types of bread like sourdough, ciabatta, or even sliced bread. Just adjust the toasting time accordingly, as thinner slices will cook faster.

How can I reheat toasted baguette to restore its crispness?

If your toasted baguette has lost its crunch, you can reheat it in the oven or toaster oven for a few minutes until it’s warmed and crispy again. Avoid using the microwave, as it can make the bread chewy.

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Toasted baguette

Toasted Baguette


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  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: About 20 toasts 1x
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Turn bread into crispy toasted baguette slices with this simple method! They’re perfect for topping as crostini or as an appetizer with hummus and dips. We use this method all the time and it’s so easy!


Ingredients

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  • 1 baguette

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Slice the baguette into thin slices on the bias (diagonally). Place the slices on a baking sheet in a single layer.
  3. Bake for about 10 minutes, until golden and crispy. Cool to room temperature: they’ll crisp up even more as they cool. If making in advance, store up to 5 days in a sealed container at room temperature. 
  • Category: Essentials
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: French
  • Diet: Vegan

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes and the joy of cooking! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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