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Help! Salvageable baguette?

Liss's picture

Help! Salvageable baguette?

So, I just through together the dough in this recipe.

It calls for:

2.0  lb.  Flour, all-purpose   1.6  lb.  water   17.9  gram  salt   2.9  gram  Yeast


But since I didn't have a scale, I calculated out (wrongly) the measurements in cups and used

 2.4 cups water
 7.5 cups flour


and 1 tsp. yeast.


The dough is on its third 20-minute sitting. It feels stiff and dry. Is it too late to be saved? How off were my proportions? 


Journeyled's picture

This one is from

Starter or Poolish is:

2/3 cup of cool water...65 to 70 degrees or so

1-1/4 cups bread flour

1/8 teaspoon yeast in 1 teaspoon warm 95 degree or so water

mix all together then cover and let sit overnight and up to 24 hours until the mix looks like pancake batter.

Then place 2/3 cup cool water

2 1/2 cups bread flour

2 teaspoons yeast mixed with 1 tablespoon warm water,

the poolish

add all, mix for 30 seconds, then let sit one half hour.

Then Knead on lightly oiled board for five minutes, cover and let rise 2 hours. 

The site also has a great way to shape and cut the loaves prior to baking.


Good luck!


philoloaf's picture

A pint of water is 1 pound. So 1.6 pounds of water = 1.6 pints = 1.6 * 2 cups = 3.2 cups -- a little less than 3 1/4 cups. Try kneeding in 3/4 cups water to match your recipe.

That said, your recipe is for 80% hydration, which seems much too high for baguettes: the dough would be very sticky and hard to handle. I doubt you could shape baguettes. I'd aim for about 68% hydration, which would be 1.36 pounds of water, which comes to 2.72 cups -- about 2 3/4 cups. That would suggest adding somewhere beetween 1/4 and 3/8 cups water to your recipe to get a smooth but not sticky dough.

Liss's picture

Well, it was too late for this loaf, but thanks for the recipe, and the conversion info and help. Can I really knead eatra water in when things don't feel right? When's too late to do so?