Baguettes

Tonight we’re doing a healthy lasagne, served with less healthy garlic bread! For that we need baguettes, so I’m following a Paul Hollywood recipe to make them. I followed a book one, but it’s very similar to this one on the BBC Food site.

The oven goes on 200c fan, and a roasting tray goes in the bottom.

So ingredients are:

  • 250g white bread flour
  • 5g salt
  • 5g instant yeast
  • 180ml water
  • 2 tbsp olive oil

Dry stuff goes in the mixer, mixer goes on slow, and the wet gets aded gradually.

CameraZOOM-20130921094531698Then it’s onto medium for about 15 minutes… but it still wasn’t coming together.

CameraZOOM-20130921095359468Another 5 minutes and it finally came together and formed a ball on the hook

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This goes in an oiled bowl and proves to double in size.

CameraZOOM-20130921125443610It then gets knocked back and folded a few times.

CameraZOOM-20130921125918738It then gets formed into two baguette shapes, and place on my new toy: a baguette rack.

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After proving they’ve doubled in size.

CameraZOOM-20130921152027913Before going in the oven it gets slashed with a razor and sprayed with water.

CameraZOOM-20130921152420314Also before going in the oven water gets poured into the roasting tray in the bottom of the oven to create steam and help form the crust properly. I was worried this was going to throw steam everywhere and I poured in water from a distance using a frying pan! No need… it didn’t even sizzle.

Then it’s 25 minutes in the oven, turn down to 180c and cook for another 10 minutes.

CameraZOOM-20130921160107289These cool on a rack, and if you look at the upside down one you’ll see the cool ‘real baguette’ pattern on it!

CameraZOOM-20130921160155356Once cooled it gets scored and a garlic & butter mix spread in between.

CameraZOOM-20130921202641470After 10 minutes at 180c fan, the butter has all melted.

CameraZOOM-20130921205000337Splitting it open and it’s looking good!

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As for the taste… It tasted real. Like real baguettes. You know: French ones. I am extremely happy with how these turned out!

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