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

Keywords for this recipe:BreadBakeryPoitou areaRegionFranceCheeseGoatWalnutWalnut oil
For 4 baguettes, you will need:

Change these quantities to make: 2 baguettes 4 baguettes 8 baguettes 12 baguettes
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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.
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.

And to drink?

To keep with the spirit of this recipe, try to find a wine from Haut-Poitou, such as a Sauvignon.
Several days in a cloth bag.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
4,200 Kcal or 17,585 Kj132 gr517 gr178 gr
210 %51 %49 %27 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
318 Kcal or 1,331 Kj10 gr39 gr14 gr
16 %4 %4 %2 %
Per baguette
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,050 Kcal or 4,396 Kj33 gr129 gr45 gr
53 %13 %12 %7 %
% 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).
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 baguettes : 5.75 €
  • Per baguette : 1.44 €

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Home made.
This recipe uses (among others)
Plain white flour (French Type 65)Plain white flour (French Type 65): You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Hamburger buns, Pizza dough, Roscoff loaf, Ali Baba bread, New leavened bread, ... All
WaterWater: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Paella, Fresh fruit in sabayon, Leek and Jerusalem artichoke soup, Morel risotto with Vin Jaune and Mont d'Or, Quince compote, ... All
CheeseCheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Pan-fried cheese, egg and spinach toastie, Filo leeks and cheese tart, Savoury mini-madeleines with 2 cheeses, Vegetable tian, Pan-baked hash brown (Hash-brown casserole), ... All
WalnutsWalnuts: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Caramelised walnuts, Jura bread, ... All
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