Nice Baguettes!

Posted by Stephanie |


When I think about the village that I used to live in in Southwestern France, I think of the Beauty and the Beast. Not because there was a beast who lived in the chateau on the edge of town (I'm sure whoever lived there was lovely), but because of the village itself. Every morning reminded me of the opening song of the movie, "There goes the baker with his tray like always, the same old bread in rolls to sell..." Everyone just ran around, going about their business, shouting "Bonjour!" to one another and carrying huge baskets of baguettes. It was so stereotypically French, and that's what I adored. Now, in honour of those baguettes, here's a recipe for Classic French Baguettes.

Close-up on baguettes, baker in background

Classic French Baguettes

4 cups all-purpose flour
1 1/2 tsp salt
1 tbsp yeast
2 cups warm water

Using a whisk, mix the flour and salt in a medium bowl. Pour the warm water in a large bowl, sprinkle with yeast, and stir to combine. Let sit for about 5 minutes, then add 2 cups of the flour salt mixture. Using a dough hook on an electric mixer, or your hands, mix well until it forms a dough. Cover with a dishcloth, and place in a warm spot for about 3 hours (until tripled in size).

Using a dough hook or your hands, mix in the rest of the flour and salt mixture. Either continue mixing with dough hook or take out of the bowl and knead on a lightly floured surface until smooth and elastic (about 10 minutes). Place dough in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a plastic bag, and place in a warm spot for an hour, or until doubled in size.

Punch down dough, knead briefly. Cut into three portions, form each part into a baguette. Using a very sharp knife, make diagonal scores along the top of each baguette. Place on a baking sheet, let sit for 30 minutes. Place an oven-proof dish of water in the bottom of a cold oven. Place pan with baguettes in the oven, and turn on to 450 degrees Fahrenheit. Bake for about 25 minutes, or until golden brown.

Have you ever gone somewhere that was just like you thought it would be, like me with my French village and its beautiful p√Ętisserie?

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Ladyexpat (Nancie) said...

OOOOOOOOOOOO these look so good. French Baguette is one type of bread that Korean bakers have seemed to master. Of course, nothing as good as what the French make but good.

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