Today I made an attempt to bake a baguette bread. Not exactly a French baguette, which requires a bread machine (or hours of kneading), but something close-enough (JBQ liked it).

Ingredients (for 1 baguette)
* 1.5 cups of white flour (and some more for the later stage)
* 1/2 cups of warm water
* 1/2 tbspoon dried yeast
* 1/2 tbspoon salt
* sunflower oil for greasing

1. Turn on your oven at 400F (205C) for about one and a half minutes, and then turn it back off.
2. In a big bowl pour all the ingredients (except the sunflower) and mix well with a whisk initially and then use your hands to knead the dough until it becomes solid enough and well-knead.
3. Place the dough in the lukewarm oven and let it rise for 3 hours.
4. In a working area (e.g. a clean table or kitchen top) spread some flour. Put the dough on top and spread a bit more flour on top of the dough. Use a rolling pin to create a rectangular shape and make the dough thin (make it as thin as a pizza dough).
5. Turn on your oven at 400F (205C) for about one minute, and then turn it back off.
6. With the long side of the rectangular shape facing you, start rolling the dough to make it look like the long, cylindrical shape that baguettes have.
7. Take some plastic wrap and wrap it around your dough, so the shape gets preserved with the help of the plastic wrap.
8. Take a cookie sheet and grease some sunflower oil on it. Place the baguette on the cookie sheet and put it in the lukewarm oven. Let it rise again for another 30 minutes.
9. Carefully remove the plastic wrap from the dough and with the help of a knife, mark some deep lines across the dough (to make it look like the cuts baguettes have).
10. Turn on the oven at 425F (220C) and let it bake for 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. 5 minutes before it’s done, turn it upside down. Remove from oven, place it in a cooling rack.

Note: For a more authentic taste, beat an egg yolk with 2 tbspoons of water and brush the baguette just before you bake it.


Moulinneuf wrote on February 7th, 2007 at 3:59 AM PST:

Made me watch for bread makers Bread makers MMMMM
Just missing bread pans for 25$

JBQ wrote on February 7th, 2007 at 4:42 AM PST:

Yum yum, that was good bread.

Alex Forster wrote on February 8th, 2007 at 3:02 AM PST:

Funny story I thought I’d share: for a moment after the staff blog loaded, I thought the picture was of a severed arm in your oven.

Freaked me out on several levels.

As bread, though, it looks much better.

mikesum32 wrote on February 8th, 2007 at 5:34 AM PST:

Just what kind of arms are you used to seeing or is it a fantasy you have?

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