For dinner, I wanted to make a lentil walnut burger baguette sandwich so I decided to try making my own baguette! It was quite a day of work and being a first time bread baker, I was glad it looked decent but was far from what a real baguette should taste! The biggest mistake I made was spitting the dough into more than 8 pieces instead of the suggested 2. So my baguette turned out looking like a biscuit dough rather than a bread!
This recipe taken from An oregoncottage blog is really easy and requires only a few basic ingredients. Remember it makes 2 loaves ONLY!
- 3 c. unbleached flour
- 1 tsp. instant yeast
- 1-1/2 tsp. salt
- 1-1/4 c. warm water
- olive oil
- In a food processor (or mixing bowl), combine the flour, instant yeast, and the salt. Pulse to mix.
- Add the water and pulse a few times to mix before running the machine for a full minute to knead the bread (it should form a slightly sticky ball). Pull the dough out of the processor onto a lightly floured surface and knead a few times to form into a ball (if making by hand, mix until combined, turn out onto a floured surface and knead about 10 minutes).
- Place the ball in a lightly oiled bowl, cover with a cloth and let rise until doubled (one hour). Alternately, let rise slowly in the refrigerator until about two hours before serving.
- Punch the dough down and turn onto a lightly floured surface. Divide the dough and roll each half into a long rectangle (about 13″x7″); roll up and pinch ends to seal.
- Place seam side down on a lined or greased baking sheet (dusted with cornmeal if you like), cover with a towel, and let rise another hour to double the volume.
- Fifteen minutes before the second rise is complete, preheat the oven to 450 degrees.
- Lightly brush the loaves with water before placing in the heated oven. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes until the crust is firm and the loaves are golden brown.
- Cool on a wire rack about 10 minutes before serving warm with your meal. These also freeze wonderfully and can be reheated in foil in the oven.
And here is my failed attempt as I placed them on the highest shelf in my oven!