Baguette

Di's baguettes

Di's baguettes

This is my take on a 5 seeded baguette (baguette cereales) I love to buy when visiting France. I use a breadmaker to mix dough, hand shape into baguette shapes and cook on silicon lining on baguette tray.

Gluten-free Sourdough Baguettes (gluten free)

Gluten-free Sourdough Baguettes (gluten free)

These baguettes are delicious on the day they are baked, a good crispy crust and moist crumb inside, great for sandwiches. I use a brown rice flour based sourdough starter which I keep in the fridge and refresh twice a week. There are plenty of websites which describe how to make this type of starter. This recipe also includes a little teff flour for extra flavour, but if this isn't available then increase the quantities of the other flours accordingly.

Swiss Dark Baguettes

Swiss Dark Baguettes

An easy to make and fun to shape tasty baguette to which pretty much any savoury ingredients can be added for extra flavour. This baguette recipe is adapted from a formula known as the pain paliasse. Devised by a Swiss bakery it is unusually rustic (well, for the Swiss anyway) and is also less technically demanding to make than the traditional French baguette. Fermented all day (or overnight) then baked as soon as they are shaped, these Swiss Dark Baguettes fit easily into a busy schedule. Purists shouldn’t worry about skipping the proofing stage: the long, cold fermentation provides all the dough development and flavour you need. Be very gentle when handling the fermented dough during shaping. It’s the secret of success. A baking stone is highly recommended for this recipe. I regularly use chopped olives or sun-dried tomatoes (in photos), but fig and walnut is a great combination, as are roast peppers, chillies, preserved lemons, fresh rosemary and many more flavours. Feel free to experiment. Finally, don’t forget to use the Swiss Dark flour and add the diax malt: they add extra dimensions to the taste.

Simple Baguette

Simple Baguette

A very simple baguette recipe that gives delicious results every time. Can also be used for crispy rolls. I now use the same recipe for crusty white loaves. My granddaughter, who is intolerant of shop-bought wheat products demolishes large quantities of loaves and rolls with no adverse reaction.

Rustic Baguettes

Rustic Baguettes

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.

Baguette

Baguette

A delicious crispy outside and soft bread to go with pasta, salad or cheese or anything! Made easy using the bread maker.