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6.14.2012

Baguettes



Salam Alaikum / Peace be upon you and Hello my fellow lady bloggers,

Most authentic French baguette recipes I come across on the internet or in my baking books take far longer to make and bake than this one I’m sharing today. My husband being from Algeria, the French influence on the culture and cuisine of his home country is evident even 50 years on from the country’s independence.

Did you know? It is against the law in France to use preservatives in bread. So the baguette is made every day in bakeries across France. In Paris you will often see people especially in the morning, sitting in the park eating this simple yet satisfying staple along with jelly, I wonder if they have yet cottoned on to the peanut butter and jelly/jam flavor combination, me thinks not.

Enjoy these however which way you choose, a personal favourite is to serve them with a lamb stew or soup.

Note to self – next time actually take a photo of the baguette with that nice bowl of soup you made instead you were just to inpatient/hungry.


Ingredients

White Bread Flour - 500grams

Water warm to touch - approximately 325mililitres, depends on your climate

Yeast, fast action dry – 1 x 7g sachet

Salt – 2 teaspoon

Method

1. Place flour in a medium size bowl or the bowl of your stand mixer, sprinkle salt evenly over flour, give it a mix with your hand/spoon, or let the mixer do the work for you! Sprinkle yeast evenly over the flour and mix again. Make a well in the centre of your flour, add 1 cup/250 millilitres and mix together adding more water little by little until dough forms then knead by hand for 10 minutes or 5 minutes in your stand mixer. Check if dough is kneaded enough by pressing a floured finger into the smooth dough, the indentation should spring back.

2. Lightly coat a medium size bowl with oil (I used extra virgin olive oil but it’s up to you), place your dough inside the bowl and then turn it over so the top is coated with oil, cover with plastic wrap or a clean, damp tea towel and leave to rise at room temperature for 45 minutes to 1 hour or until it has nearly doubled in size.

3. Remove dough from bowl and knock back the dough by kneading for a minute or two. Weigh the dough it should be around 800g, whatever the weight divide it by 4 which in this case would give you 4 x 200g balls, leave dough balls to rest for 15 minutes and then shape into baguettes, look to this video i found on how to shape baguettes.

Then place your shaped baguettes onto a fine semolina or cornmeal dusted baking tray, cover and let rise again for at least 20 minutes, meanwhile put a oven safe dish or tin inside your oven and pre-heat to 390°F/ 200°C/ 180°C/ Gas Mark 6. Before baking make 3 slits in the top of baguettes with a knife on angle, add cold water or ice cubes to your oven proof dish that should be hot in the oven so be careful! Bake the baguettes for 15-20 minutes or until they are golden brown and sound hollow when tapped underneath.

One last photo because i was in a arty mood the day i made these.



Posterized using picmonkey


   
References used to make this post: French Baguette

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5 Comments:

At 15 June 2012 at 09:07 , Blogger ••❤MingMing❤•• said...

Assalam alaikom! wow! Vous êtes un artiste!exactement comme en France! MashaAllah. Oh I remember Marseille and the smell of fresh baked baguettes! I loved them for lunch, so warm,chrunchy and so soft inside!

 
At 15 June 2012 at 17:22 , Blogger Melissa said...

Salam alaikum, wow, I'm going to have to also add this to my 'to bake' list for the summer! These look great.

 
At 16 June 2012 at 12:56 , Blogger Asmaa @ Bake It... said...

Wa Alaikum Salam sisters, MingMing i had to use google translate to understand what you said in french lol can you believe i actually studied french at school, sadly i have forgot 90% of what i learned.
May Allah bless you both for your kind comments, i too love the cruncy exterior and softness inside of these baguettes,délicieux!
Melissa - inshAllah you will find this recipe easy and make them again and again.

 
At 16 June 2012 at 15:13 , Blogger Sanaa said...

wa alaykum salam wa rahmatullah. I have not tried to bake any sort of bread as of yet. When I feel confident to experiment with bread inshaAllah I will try this. Also thank you for pointing our to me the was a brother lurking around my blog. I have blocked him now. Why on earth would he be interested in anything I have to say! Strange! jazakillhu khayran

 
At 16 June 2012 at 22:17 , Blogger Noor said...

Oh yummy they look awesome I love to eat them as well alone with butter.

 

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