Four, Water, Salt, & "Levain" (wild natural Yeast) Plus time and temperature.
to the center stage.
The all-important, make-or-break end game!
It's been a long day!
Ambiant room tempature 72DF
Levian build #1
The mother was used straight from the refrigerator unrefreshed.
Levian build #2
Fermentolyse 30 min.
Mix 10 Minutes #1
Mix 5 Minutes #2
Room tempature bulk ferment 1 Hr.
Pre-shape rest for 20 MInutes
Cold retard 10 Hr.
Warmup while oven preheats
Bake Full steam at 475dF for 13 minutes
Bake dry for 10 minutes or until golden at 450dF
Cool down - oven off & door cracked
The mallard effect color and oven spring are spot-on. That being said, the shaping and slashing are very wonky. (Out of practice) Overall grade is C-
To me, one of the nice things about baking bread is that I'll bet they still taste great.
Electric or gas oven?
When I move to Az. in a couple of weeks I will have to begin learning electricity.
I find I do better-shaping baguettes that have a little more weight than these. 400g and higher. These skinny sticks are hard!
I think I can almost smell them!
These baguettes look delicious Will, you must be pleased.
Why else? The perfect hero sandwich!
I started another levain today. Let's see if I can get closer still to baguette nirvana!
They look great!
I was careful about getting the length right this time to avoid compressing them into the 16X16 baking pan. 151/2-16" is an inch shorter than I prefer. However, at that length, I can bake all four in one pan. Fingers crossed for an even better finish!
I keep saying I need to take the baguette plunge and keep putting it off. You’re inspiring me to move it to the top of the bake list for this weekend!
Any Idea what formula you will use?
Digging into which formula this morning.
You will find many variations of it on TFL. This week I am exercising my starter (Slow-Mo) Next I will be yet again revisiting this formula.
Same thing but with more whole grain: https://www.thefreshloaf.com/node/21809/36-hours-sourdough-baguette-increased-whole-grain-how-much-too-much