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Baguette shaping like the Cubans do it

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hansjoakim

Baguette shaping like the Cubans do it

Check this out: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-1257514206200481593


There's some mighty impressive baguette shaping going down about 7 minutes into the video clip :)

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Wisecarver (not verified)

...Oh my Gosh!  :-)

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Janet Campbell

Muy bueno. One day I want my dough strong enough to slap around like that. Very cool.

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Wisecarver (not verified)

...Loafs with what looks like Palm leafs?
A Catholic bread maybe? Just curious.

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mcs

I'd like to see one of those guys bust out their forearm-seam-sealing technique at a French baking class.  By the time the teacher had time to reprimand them, he'd have made 57 baguettes.  You could tell the guy scaling the dough had done it once or twice before.


-Mark

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johnster

That was amazing.  When I saw that the video was over seven minutes long, I didn't think I would watch the whole thing.  I found myself unable to look away.  It's mesmerizing.....


 


Johnster

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trailrunner

This New Orleans girl has seen a field or 2 of that green stuff. WOW...I agree I was unable to look away. I think it is all in the wrist...  and the dough...and...sigh..c

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Doc Tracy

I thought that's what it was. What does the sugar cane do to the loaves?

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Marni

That's great!  Those double doors lead to the proofing box/room!!??  The tag on the side says these guys process 500lbs of dough every 20 minutes.  Is that possible... even with the two handed shaping - cool.


Marni

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Wisecarver (not verified)

...I did come digging, have some good friends down there.


They are using water soaked Palm leaves to split the loafs as they expand in the oven.



That is a very interesting method.


According to them this method dates back to the early Egyptians.
  All the best,
    Mark


 

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Oldcampcook

Shaving my forearms tonight when I get home. And here I have been using my delicate little fingers all this time.


I watched that four times, one right after the other.


Bob

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proth5

Just fire up the tandoor and make naan!


The problem is I now have the music stuck in my head...


Very Interesting!

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mcs

I'm shaving both of my legs, forming one baguette in each hand, then jumping onto the table and flattening them with my shins.  While I'm flattening them with my shins, I can preshape the next two with my free hands, jump over to them while spinning, final shape the first two, you get the picture.  Or maybe you don't want to get the picture.


-Mark

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dmsnyder

My "parental controls" utility won't let me view the video, Mark. ;-)


David

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hansjoakim

That would qualify as an awesome easter egg :)

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mcs

My geeky wife had to explain to me what the tech term 'Easter egg' means. She wholeheartedly agreed with you.
And for David above you, I assure you, I will remain fully clothed (just clean shaven) during the video shoot, so you don't have to 'flag it as offensive' or mark it NSFW or for mature audiences only or whatever.


-Mark

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Wisecarver (not verified)

...of Jim Mortenson, who got naked for his latest Bread blog:
http://make-bread.blogspot.com/


God help us all. ;-)


 

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trailrunner

bit of sweetness. You can see the brown strands blowing in the breeze in the bics. One of the most impressive  videos I have seen. c

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gaaarp

Once again, my job gets in the way of my hobby.  I'm at work, so I can't stream the video.  All of your comments about how awesome it is make me think I should take a half day, so I can go home and watch it!


Edit:  Home now, and I watched it.  Amazing!!  I wonder if I could go work there for a few hours.

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davec

I think we'd all like to volunteer as cheap labor there for a day or two.  Truly amazing.


Dave

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Oldcampcook

Gaaarp,


You will need to watch it numerous times to pick up all of the naunces of the operation.  I have never seen huge chunks of dough and thousands of loaves of bread like that in my entire life!


Bob

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md_massimino

It's a high of 17 today in Philly, I want to be in Florida.  I love the picture of the front counter, the mountains of bread with the fans blowing on them.  You can probably smell that bakery from a mile in every direction.

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Paddyscake

I'd love to know their daily output. That video was facinating to watch..thanks.


Betty

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ehanner

Those guys are not even breaking a sweat and you know it's hot in Miami. What a great video.


Eric

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Paddyscake

but still warmer than Oregon   :   )


Betty

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SylviaH

WOW, thanks Hans, that was a fun as watching a Cirque de Soleil act!!


Sylvia

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Oldcampcook

Mark,


I woke up at 3 a.m., screaming from this nightmare I had watching you prancing on the dough in your bare feet. 


It is an image that will go to with me to my grave.


At least clip your toenails!!!!


Bob

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mcs

Bob,
You misunderstood completely.  The preshaping/final shaping is done with my hands, the seam sealing is done with my shins.  The feet stay out of the picture and remain covered with socks and shoes.  What, do you think I am, uncouth?
And by the way, my toenails are clipped anyway. 


-Mark

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gardenchef

I can't helpo but wish they were wearing elbow length gloves. All food handlers should be wearing gloves these days. Their stations looked very clean at least.


My favorite was the fench baking video. One young baker using a sheeter, making croissants,etc


Thanks it was entertaining!


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