Bring all the smells and essence of your favorite French bakery to your kitchen with these homemade French baguettes. These baguettes are made with a mixture of strong and white flour and require no yeast, using baking powder as the rising agent. Brushed with a cornflour and water mixture after shaping, slashes are then cut into the baguettes before baking for the traditional look. Bake time on these baguettes is 35 minutes, with additional brushing of the cornflour mixture every 10 minutes.
- 400 grams strong flour
- 100 grams white flour
- 3 teaspoons salt
- 1 teaspoon baking powder
- 300 milliliters warm water
- 1 teaspoon cornflour
- Line a baking tray with parchment paper.
- In a large bowl add the white flour, 1 1/2 teaspoons of salt, and baking powder.
- Add the water and stir until smooth.
- Gradually add the remaining flour, a little at a time, and stir with a fork.
- Form into a dough ball, turn out onto a floured surface, and knead until it no longer sticks to the hands and the dough is smooth and elastic. Add more flour as necessary.
- Cover the dough ball with a towel and leave to rise in a draft-free place until doubled in size. Test with a fingertip: if the dough sinks when pressed and then regains its shape, it is ready.
- When it has risen, flatten the dough on a floured surface.
- Divide into 3 portions and shape into batons.
- Place the 3 baguettes between the folds of a towel, so as not to lose its shape, cover with another towel and leave to double in size.
- Preheat the oven to 200C. and place an oven-proof dish with water on the bottom shelf.
- In a bowl, mix the remaining salt with the cornflour and 2 tablespoons of water.
- Brush the baguettes with this mixture and score the bread diagonally.
- Bake for 35 minutes, brushing with the salt mixture every 10 minutes, until golden and a knock to the base will sound hollow.
PER SERVING *
|Calories610Calories from Fat25|
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|Calories from Fat25|
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* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.