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French Baguettes

June 16, 2018

 

This week I decided to sit down and finish another blog post I'd had in my back pocket for quite some time.

 

 

This is a fairly simple baguette recipe that yields a hot, fresh, baguette your sure to find at your favorite bakery up the road but one that's sure to amaze even yourself. 

 

 

Whether you lather it with salted butter, dip it in olive oil and fresh cracked pepper, or turn it into a delectable sandwich, this baguette is sure to be a win! 

French Baguettes  

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“Just about as close as you can get to the real thing!”

 

Prep Time: 1 hour                               Total Time: 2 hours +/-              Servings: 3- 12 inch baguettes 

  

 

 

Ingredients:  

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  • 1/4 teaspoon active dry yeast 

  • 1- 1/2 cups warm water 

  • 1- 3/4 teaspoon salt

  • 18 ounces bread flour, about 4 cups 

 

 

Directions:

 

1. Using the dough hook attachments for a stand mixer, combine all ingredients and mix on medium speed for 20 minutes. The dough should climb up the hook and pull away from the sides. 


2. Cover with a towel, and allow to rise at room temperature for 1 hour. Punch down the dough, and then let rise for 12 hours in the refrigerator (this improves flavor but not necessary!)

4. Cut the dough into 3 equal size chunks. Stretch each chunk into a 3-inch by 6-inch rectangle. Fold the ends into the middle, one on top of the other to create 3 layers. Pat down into your rectangle again, and repeat one more time. Then cover with a towel and allow to rest at room temperature for 30 minutes. 


5. Pat down the dough into a 3-inch by 8-inch rectangle, then begin to roll the dough into a log. Pinch the seam as you roll the dough, then pinch the final seam closed. Place seam side down onto a baking tray and allow to rise for 1 hour at room temperature.

 

 

6. Preheat your oven to the highest possible temperature (typically 550° Fahrenheit). Place a pan of water on the bottom rack of the oven and position your baking rack one space below the highest shelf in the oven. 

 

 

7. Lightly spray baguettes with water, then bake for 5 minutes. Spray baguettes again, rotate the pan, and bake for an additional 5 minutes. Repeat one more time for a total of 15 minutes baking time. 

 

 

 

Additional Notes:

 

 1. Spread with softened melted butter and a sprinkle of sea salt!

 

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