I thought would tell you about my Baguette adventure. This is not the Classic baguette they have in French bakeries. Even David Lebovitz writes about these baguettes not being all created equal. In my mind, if the French can cheat making their famous French bread, so can I.
Sylvana sent me these baguette pans a few month ago and I have been practicing. I tried quite a few recipes and found this one gave me the best results.
I know if you are purest, this is not the authentic Baguette recipe they have in France. Personally, I find they dry up so fast and with just the 2 of us, I wanted to find something that would last a bit longer than overnight.
Since then, Sylvana tells me she made baguette from French Women Don't get Fat
that I plan to try soon.
I am joining BYOB for my November bread. Lots of great recipes here.
French Bread for the Bread Machine
2 1/4 teaspoons yeast
2 cups bread flour
2 cups whole wheat bread flour
1 1/3 teaspoons sugar
1 1/2 teaspoons salt
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon honey
1 1/2 cups water
1 Tablespoon of Vital Gluten or you own Dough Enhancer
Add ingredients in the order listed to your bread machine,
or follow the manufacturers directions for adding ingredients.
Choose the basic cycle with regular or light crust.
I prefer to use the dough cycle, shape and bake it in the oven.
I now make this large quantity of Home made Dough Enhancer. I vacuum seal it and keep in the fridge. If you can buy it already made great; but I have yet to find some in my area.
I love the results and the texture of the bread with this.
This week I made 2 baguettes and 2 small loaves.
"The smell of good bread baking, like the sound of lightly flowing water, is indescribable in its evocation of innocence and delight..."
M. F. K. Fisher, ‘The Art of Eating’
Di you ever freeze home made baguette and how was it? Do you have a favourite French bread recipe you want to share with me? I am still experimenting and want to learn more. Thank you for your visit and taking time to comment.