Baguette and Variations, Junior
I didn’t want to steal Brother David’s blog post title without due credit. Last Fall he told of his scissor-happy bake of epis and dragon tails (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/20226/baguette-and-variations). And today I pursued a similar adventure.
Twenty-two years ago today, my wife, Cat, and I were married. We scheduled the wedding for the Sunday of Memorial Day weekend because Sunday afternoon was the only time available for a private party at Green’s, a wonderful restaurant on the Bay in San Francisco, and we wanted to give our guests a Monday holiday to sober up and/or travel back to their homes. The happy bonus was we almost always get a three-day weekend for our anniversary.
So, the goal today—of course—was to bake something to broaden the already broad smile on my beloved’s lovely face. Her favorite is Cinnamon-Raisin-Pecan bread, and I’ll bake some of that tomorrow. Her second favorite—always good for a swoon of pleasure—is proth5’s “bear-guette” (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/20831/starting-get-bear) which is now my usual baguette.
Having had success with this formula, including shaped as marguerites (http://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/22177/le-fleur-d’ours-flower-bear-and-other-goodies), I decided to work on my scissor skills and try some new shapes.
The poolish and levain were made up last night, and the dough was mixed this morning. I let it ferment two hours, gave it one stretch and fold, and left it in a chilled cooler while we went to a fabulous lunch at Café Beaujolais (duck confit Cobb salad with warm bacon lardons has spoiled regular Cobb salad for me for the rest of my life).
On our return three hours later, I split the dough ball into two, put half in the fridge for tomorrow, and shaped three baguettes from the rest. I studied the excellent videos on forming epis (http://lepetitboulanger.com/videos/coupe_epi.wmv) and dragon tails (http://www.wildyeastblog.com/2010/09/12/dragon-tail-baguettes-shaping-video/). I am pretty pleased with my first attempts, though this dragon doesn’t have a very long tail.
And, as always with the bear-guettes, the flavor is superb, the crust is crispy and the crumb is a nice balance of chewy and open.
Anniversary dinner was excellent. You might not think meat on a stick stands up to the elegance of baguette and Champagne, but charcoal-grilled pork satay with home-made marinade and home-made spicy peanut sauce is pretty tasty
I’ve been working on Thai cuisine. A meal of satay and baguette is my version of crust-asian. [sorry]