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  • Sourdough Baguettes

    Posted on November 24th, 2009 ben No comments

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    Here is my current recipe for sourdough baguettes. I have left some techniques unexplained in order to keep it simple. Feel free to email me for clarification or suggestions!

    21 oz foamy starter (1:1 by weight)
    10 oz water
    24 oz flour *
    1 T salt

    • Mix everything but the salt, slowly at first and then on medium speed for five minutes.
    • Cover the dough and let it sit for 20 minutes rest.
    • Add salt and mix it in completely.
    • Cover and let rise for 1 hour.
    • Fold the dough. **
    • Cover and let rise for 1 hour
    • Fold the dough
    • Scale into 6 equal lumps
    • Preshape the dough
    • Let the dough relax for 10 minutes.
    • Shape the baguettes.
    • Cover and Proof the baguettes either in a linen couche or metal baguette pans.
    • Transfer to a 500-degree oven, add steam, lower the temp to 450
    • Set a timer for 20 minutes, at which point begin watching the baguettes carefully.

    * I have tried some other brands and I think that King Arthur Bread Flour tastes the best. It’s quite a but more expensive than other brands, but I’m not baking to save money. Gold Medal Bread Flour seems OK. Conagra bread flour from Costco tasted the worst.

    ** Hamelman’s method in “Bread” is to gently smoosh the bread out into a fat circle and fold it into thirds, then turn it 90 degrees and repeat. The point is not to knead the dough, but rather to expel some of the gas and give the dough some more strength.

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    Posted on November 17th, 2009 ben No comments

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    Posted on November 15th, 2009 ben No comments

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