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Beginner Sourdough Baguettes

rushyama's picture

Beginner Sourdough Baguettes

Hello, TFL'ers!

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.







Danni3ll3's picture

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!

rushyama's picture

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. :)

alfanso's picture

for a first or 100th attempt.  Great job.  See.  I told you folks that if I could do it, so could you!


Ru007's picture

Great job!! 


PalwithnoovenP's picture

You really nailed them!

inumeridiieri's picture

Wonderful bread.


dabrownman's picture

still don't. Very well done indeed!

leslieruf's picture

very well done.


Lazy Loafer's picture
Lazy Loafer

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.

chefscook's picture

very nice job  beginner sourdough baguettes  congratulations  

dmsnyder's picture

Amazing for a first try. It's either beginner's luck or you are a prodigy!