Light and airy baguesttes with a lovely crispy crust
Crusty French bread stirring memories of the authentic village boulangerie.
75% hydration sourdough baguettes. They are airy but chewy and elastic. They develop a lot of flavour (non-sour) from the long cold levain fermentation. Still learning, but very pleased with the results.
In January, I married a French man. He has been living in London for almost 6 years now, and sorely misses baguettes. Our London flat’s little oven is too small to bake full-sized baguettes, so I’ve been developing a “half-pint” version that fits inside, while capturing the characteristics we love in baguettes. The “grillette” is: 1/ Crusty, in our case a deep golden brown, grilled, sometimes burnt in places… hence the name “grillette”! 2/ Airy, big holes, light. 3/ Slightly salted. The right amount is critical. Those holes come from a long, slow rise. The recipe takes time but entails very little hands-on work, and you will finish with an irresistable partner for butter and cheese.
Simple overnight recipe that makes 10 baguettes
A French sandwhich loaf
This always ends up as Garlic Bread, and so is okay for purpose - and not bad on the day it's made anyway.
Recipe for a traditional french loaf
A cool approach to a french loaf