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Poitevin twist


Poitevin twist
This short baguette, from the Poitou region of western France is soft-textured, made with walnuts, walnut oil and goat's cheese.

As the name suggests, the bread is twisted, rather than slashed, just before it goes into the oven.
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Last modified on: December 19th 2018

For 4 baguettes, you will need:

Change those ingredients for: 2 baguettes 4 baguettes 8 baguettes 12 baguettes

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Time required for this recipe:
PreparationRestingCookingStart to finish
34 min.2 hours 5 min.40 min.3 hours 19 min.
Keeping: Several days in a cloth bag.
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Step by step recipe


Stage 1 - 15 min.
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Coarsly chop 200 g walnuts and spread out on a baking sheet, then toast in the oven at 300°F (150°C) for 15 minutes.

Stage 2
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Leave to cool completely.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
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Cut 200 g cheese into small dice.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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TIp the toasted walnuts and diced goat's cheese into a bowl. Pour 2 tablespoons walnut oil over and mix thoroughly. This can be prepared the day before (or a few days earlier) and kept in the fridge, coverered with plastic film.

Stage 5
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In bread-making, the water 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 60-64°C.

You can calculate the temperature of the water for this recipe in one click, using this small calculator.

Stage 6 - 10 min.
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Put into a mixer bowl: 500 g plain white flour (French Type 65), 300 g water, 20 g yeast and 9 g salt.

Knead for 5 minutes on the slowest speed, then a further 5 minutes on the second speed.





Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
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At the end of kneading, incorporate 4 tablespoons walnut oil a little at a time.

Stage 8 - 3 min.
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Tip in the walnut and cheese mixture all at once and knead for a further 1 or 2 minutes until well mixed in.

Stage 9 - 2 min.
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Tip the dough out onto a floured worktop...

Stage 10 - 1 hour
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...and gather into a ball.

Transfer to a large, clean bowl, cover with a plastic sheet and leave at room temperature to rest for 1 hour.

Stage 11 - 20 min.
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After resting, weight out into lumps of 250 g and shape into balls.

Cover these with a plastic sheet again and leave to relax for 20 minutes.

Stage 12 - 5 min.
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Shape the balls into short baguettes.

Stage 13
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Lay in baguette tins or moulds...

Stage 14 - 45 min.
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...or in proving baskets (bannetons).

Cover with a plastic sheet and leave to rest for 45 minutes.

Stage 15 - 4 min.
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Just before putting the bread in the oven, twist each baguette enough turns to make a definite feature.

Stage 16 - 25 min.
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Bake for 25 minutes at 480°F (250°C).

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.

Remarks

It is best to use a fairly dry goat's cheese, as this will survive the baking better.

If you don't have any walnut oil, use olive oil instead.

Nutritional information

% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).

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And to drink?: To keep with the spirit of this recipe, try to find a wine from Haut-Poitou, such as a Sauvignon.

Source

Home made.

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