February 20, 2017 - 5:53am
Beginner Sourdough Baguettes
One of my new year's goals was to take a stab at sourdough baguettes and I finally had the chance to give it a try. I followed the recipe / method here with a few modifications:
- Substituted 10% red fife flour
- Used a mix of AP and bread flour for the white flour
- Increased the water by about 10%
- Autolysed the flour and water overnight in the fridge (per TXFarmer's 36-hour baguettes method)
- Shaped the baguettes like the Hamelman demonstration here (starts around 2'30")
- Put the shaped baguettes in the fridge for the last 30 minutes of the second proof (to make scoring a little easier)
- Baked directly on a baking stone with steam
Overall, I'm quite happy with how they turned out. They're not top-level artisan baguettes but honestly they taste better than most of what I can find in the supermarket. The crumb was quite open considering the relatively low hydration (sorry, no crumb shot as they were gobbled up for family dinner; I'll have to be faster next time). I really liked how approachable this method was and I think I can use this recipe as a basis for more experimentation. Next time I'll probably increase the hydration a tad more and maybe add some seeds.
Those look fantastic! You did a great job with the shaping and scoring, and they are baked to perfection! I can see you giving Alfanso a run for his money after a few more bakes (Alfanso is the god of baguettes around here). Keep posting! I want to see more!
Thanks for the kind words, Danni! I definitely have my eye on some of Alfanso's formulas; it'll be awhile before I can catch up with him though. :)
for a first or 100th attempt. Great job. See. I told you folks that if I could do it, so could you!
You really nailed them!
still don't. Very well done indeed!
very well done.
That looks like a work of art hanging on the wall! :) And the fact that they were eaten before you could get a crumb shot speaks volumes. Bread needs to taste good first.
very nice job beginner sourdough baguettes congratulations
Amazing for a first try. It's either beginner's luck or you are a prodigy!