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20101130 Baguettes for My Parents

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Yippee

20101130 Baguettes for My Parents


My parents love baguettes, especially my dad.  There was no doubt that I wanted to impress them with nice, homemade baguettes. However, I hadn’t made baguettes for a long, long time. The lack of practice in addition to my shaky skills had turned this baguette bake into something rather disappointing.  As you will see, the baguettes were out of shape and the scoring was messed up.  The only thing I probably did right was the handling of the dough, since the alveoli were quite evenly distributed.  But I can’t remember the details now as everything was a blur when I tried to bang out a few loaves of bread simultaneously in the last minute.  Like many parents, my dad was very lenient. He complimented on the flavor and did not criticize the appearance of my baguettes. But I knew I ought to be able to do better than that.


 


I made these baguettes again today.  Without the stress of packing and catching a flight, I was able to think more clearly.  Every aspect of this bake, from shaping, scoring, to color, has improved except for one thing:  the alveoli were not as evenly distributed.  How I wish I had taken the time to record the details!  Oh, well, I can always try again.  Next time when I come home, Dad, I promise I’ll bring you some decent baguettes.


 


The following is a summary of my bake:


 



 



 


Here are some pictures:


 


http://www.flickr.com/photos/41705172@N04/sets/72157625518554802/show/


 

Comments

happylina's picture
happylina

这么漂亮的法棍啊


外观割的花纹也很漂亮啊,有那么多的爆裂,唱歌的法棍!

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Yippee

For your kind words.

Yippee

dmsnyder's picture
dmsnyder

You have become a master baguette scorer!


Lovely crust and crumb.


David

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Yippee

David:


You've set the bar so high that I've always had something to look up to.  Hopefully one day I'll get there, too. Thank you!


Yippee