Time to finally post a bake...
I've been looking for some time now, and posted the odd comment, but no bakes till now. I bake sourdough more often than not, but have been wanting to have another go at baguettes since doing Richard Bertinet's fab 5 day bread course back in March. But, didn't have any baguette peels/flipping board, and wasn't prepared to pay 20 quid each for the, be they very beautiful, ones I've seen advertised on line. B&Q, Wickes etc only seemed to have boards of at least 1.4cm thick for the width I wanted, and after asking at a local independent builders merchants I found myself at a nearby timber yard explaining to the office staff what I wanted. Next morning they had cut and planed down 7 boards to 12x50x0.5cm for the princely sum of £7.83. Result! 15 mins to sand down the ends and another 10 mins to oil with some butchers block oil, and I was ready to go.
I used Bertinet's autolyse recipe from Crust, and made 3 part-baked and 1 fully baked baguettes, plus 2 medium sized loafs. Fairly happy with my first attempt. No crumb shot as lunch was the baked baguette! Part baked ones will be turned into garlic bread and frozen.
1 I need to remember the depth of my oven/baking stone whilst shaping baguettes - the fully baked one had to go in alone and crosswise!
2 A couple more minutes on the bake would have been better
3 Need to improve my lame technique - I presume the slashes on the fully baked one should have been longer/overlapping or more of them to avoid it becoming so irregularly shaped??