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Hi from a new site user and beginning bread baker

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Barbara G

Hi from a new site user and beginning bread baker

I'm Barbara, semi-retired in Arizona, and on a mission to make the best baguette in the world. I've been working at it for a couple of months, with mixed success. Then I ran across the Anis Bouabsa recipe from Janedo's blog. I made it and got fantastic results... though not yet perfect, of course. 

I'm going to look around the site for other baguette-obsessed bakers.

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alfanso

Why, you've come to the right place.  My personal liking is baguettes and I've gotten pretty good at them.  We have a handful of others here on TFL who have dipped their toes and more into the baguette world.  So you will find yourself in some pretty fair company.

Janedo and David Snyder (dmsnyder) were the collaborators of the TFL version of the Bouabsa baguette.  Janedo doesn't post here anymore, as far as I can tell.  But David still does, and he is another in an army of helpful folks who share the common goal of being helpful on TFL - the world's best compendium of bread baking formulae/recipes and helpful hints.

Questions and suggestions?  Fire away!  Displaying your goods?  Post them for all to share.

alan

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Barbara G

Alan,

I think I saw a topic here for posting pictures. I'd like to post a picture of my latest baguettes.

Also, is there a thread that you're aware of dedicated to baguettes, or do I just need to poke around.

Thanks again for the greeting.

Barbara

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alfanso

but if you poke around, you'll find them here and there.  The navigation and picture posting on TFL is a little kluge at first, so you will at some early point likely wind up getting a little frustrated.  I have the impression that it is near impossible to post pictures from a cell phone, and maybe also from a tablet, so that probably won't get you far.  

I'll not get into the details of picture posting, and there is some side panel somewhere which walks you through it, but the first step is to click on the green tree icon in the edit tool bar (when you are in edit mode, natch).  Some folks have already written up their versions of how to do it as well, and you will find the the search box in the upper right will be your friend when you structure your search criteria "correctly".  There are a handful of tutorials on such things as well.

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Barbara G

Okay. I'll look around. Thanks.

After one failed attempt, I was able to post a photo on the photography topic.

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BreadBabies

Have you tried the Cook's Illustrated version? I personally have not, but as their approach is to test recipes hundreds of times, I find they are a good place to try at the outset. I often find myself figuring things out after lots of trial and error, then I see them and they'd figured out the exact same trick.  I could have saved myself a lot of time and effort by checking them first.  That being said, they'r enot 100% foolproof either. Still, a good resource.

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Barbara G

I'll check out the Cook's Illustrated recipe and see how it goes. 

 

Thanks for the idea.

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richkaimd

...and bounds when I took a course at a bread baking school.  Changed everything to be doing it under the watchful eye of a practiced baker.  Everything.  I mean it.

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Barbara G

I've just been thinking about that, so thanks for the confirmation that would be a good idea. Not sure where to find one in Tucson, AZ, but I'll check around.