French baguettes

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  1. French baguettes : Photo of step #1
    In making-bread recipes, temperature is always important. It's not a fixed value, but related to 3 other temperatures: 1) the temperature of your flour, 2) the room temperature in your kitchen, and 3) the basic temperature of this recipe, which is 56-60°C.

    You can calculate the temperature of the water for this recipe, in one click, using this small calculator.
  2. 7 min.French baguettes : Photo of step #2
    Put in the mixer bowl 1 kg plain white flour (French Type 65) and 550 ml water.

    Knead for 5 minutes at minimum speed, to well mix water and flour.

    Note: For best kneading, you can check out : A few tips for effective kneading at home.
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    Cover with a plastic sheet and let stay for 1 hour.
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    After this time, add 22 g coarse salt, 250 g leaven and 7 g yeast.

    Knead for about 10 minutes, ideally dough should be at the end of kneading at 73°F (23°C), or better try the window-pane test.
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    Put the dough, roughly shape in ball, in a plastic container, covered with a plastic sheet, and let stay for 1h30.
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    After this time, pour the dough on your working surface...
  7. 10 min.French baguettes : Photo of step #7
    ...and scale pieces of 300 grams.

    Note: if you plan to make half-size baguettes, you should scale 150g pieces instead.
  8. 15 min.
    Shape pieces of dough in balls, like in this short video on the right.
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    Let stay dough lumps on your working surface for 15 minutes, covered with a plastic sheet.
  10. 15 min.
    From lumps, shape baguettes as shown in this video.
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    If you use baguettes moulds, put lumps directly in, cover with plastic sheets and let stay for 1 hour.
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    If you don't have moulds, put lumps on floured linen, then cover with plastic sheets and let stay for 1 hour.
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    Preheat your oven at 460°F (240°C), slash top of lumps...
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    ...and put in the oven for about 20 minutes.

    Note: As when baking any bread, you should ensure that the oven is filled with steam for the first 15 minutes of baking. This page shows you how; it really is the secret of golden-brown, crusty loaves..
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    You will really appreciate the very light crumb and the crunch of the crust...
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    ...of good French baguettes.

Remarks:

You can make baguettes as for other bread: plain or with different flours, or with added seeds, grains, etc.

If you want more information about making your own bread, you can look at this dedicated page.

Source:

From Thomas marie

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