Anyone who’s followed my blog for a while will know that I am a person that loves carbs, specifically bread, and for the last couple of years I’ve been searching for the right method of making baguettes. And I mean good baguettea that can rival or exceed the store-bought kind. For the last couple of years I’ve failed miserably… I’ve failed so incredibly bad that at one point I actually gave up.
So two weeks ago I decided to try again, and for some mysterious reason everything I’ve ever read about bread making just clicked and I succeeded in making some decent bread, and every attempt after got even better than the previous, until I got to this point where I managed to make baguettes that taste sooo much better than anything I’ve ever bought.
So follow this recipe, it will make you happy! (if you’re anything like me, where bread makes you happy)
Ingredients: makes 2 baguettes
1 teaspoon of dry yeast
1 pinch of granulated sugar
2,5 deciliters of warm water, or 1 cup
2-2,5 deciliters of white flour, about 1 cup
1 deciliter of durum wheat flour, 1/2 cup.
1 teaspoon of salt
2 tablespoons of a flavourless oil
This dough requires around 10 minutes of hardcore kneading, and it is a really sticky dough so I wouldn’t recommend hand-kneading it. Most of the dough will just stick to your hands, making it very(and honestly, I mean VERY) hard to knead, so you should use a kitchen aid or something of that nature, if you can.
So for the method go ahead and dissolve the yeast and sugar in the warm water, then mix in the flour, then salt and oil, and start kneading. If you have a machine doing the work for you, just walk away and leave it to work for 10 minutes or so. After that, cover your hands in oil(this is necessary to keep the dough from sticking completely to your hands) and lift over to a bowl and cover with cling film, leave in a warm place(like in front of window getting sun) for 1 hour.
After the hour your dough should have doubled in size and is now ready to be shaped into baguettes. Again you should oil your hands for this step. Split the dough in two , shape into baguettes and leave to rise again for another 30 minutes.
After 30 minutes, cut slits into the bread with an oiled blade and place in an oven, 250 degree celsius or 480 degrees fahrenheit for 25-30 minutes. Brush with a water as soon as they come out of the oven to crisp up even more.
Water. Your water cannot be boiling. It has to be warmer than your body temperature, but not scalding hot. That will cause the yeast to die.
Kneading. You must knead for a very, very long time.
Oil. Cover your hands in oil whenever handling the dough, this will keep most of it from sticking to you. Because, this dough is STIIIIIICKY. I believe when Snoop Dog talked about “the real sticky icky”, he was in fact not talking about weed. He was definitely talking about making baguettes.
So making bread is a bit tricky, but it is totally worth it. Every time.