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For my daughter: sourdough french baguettes

darellmatt's picture

For my daughter: sourdough french baguettes

I didn't get quite as open a crumb as Ryeaskrye did, who posted the recipie. But the results aren't too bad for someone who took up baking a month ago:


sourdough baguettes


I proofed these on parchment thinking that would make it easier to transfer them to the oven, but the dough is so wet i had a hell of a time separating the parchment from the dough when it came time to put them in the baguette pans.

I agree with Ryeaskrye, the 1 and 1/2 hour proofing time is too short. I have a second batch that proofed for 2 hours that are cooling on the rack just now, they had a more vigorous oven spring.

But the proof of the pudding is in the eating... my daughter loves this bread, so I would say mission accomplished.


SylviaH's picture

First time around...! you have done a beautiful job on your baguettes!


dmsnyder's picture

Hi, Darell.

I have a hunch you are going into this for the long haul, so you might want to invest in an oven stone. (You can use it for pizza, too!)

In the meantime, you might get an even better result by baking on a sheet pan rather than in baguette pans. That would also finesse your problem with the parchment paper. You just transfer the baguettes, still on the parchment, to your sheet pan.

I've not used baguette pans, but I had the impression one uses them to proof the baguettes as well as to bake them. If this is true, then that's another solution to your problem.

A third solution is to dust your parchment generously with semolina flour before placing your loaves on it. Your loaves should release more easily if/when you transfer them.

In any case, you are sure off to a good start.


tangled's picture

I agree, they are lovely looking loaves.

I always use a couche now for baguettes, and a baking tray and/or a table mat to flip and load the loaves. There's a neat video on the wildyeast blog (link below) showing the flipping: I find it works very well for me.

darellmatt's picture

Yea David, I kind of get that I am in it for the long haul. It just fits my life goals right now: something I can devote myself too with full intensity without breaking the bank, a technical aspect, an artistic aspect, a sensual aspect and a social dimension.

Baking stone is next.


darellmatt's picture

Sorry, I should have mentioned that at the beginning. I got my recipie by using the search function of TFL with search terms "sourdough baguette", which brought up the following link:

Good Luck!