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.
A warming spiced bread for the winter. Perfect for an alternative Christmas bread. Perfect with cooked meats or strong cheese. Use squash instead if pumpkins cannot be sourced. An easy bread to make, be careful when adding water as the pumpkin puree maybe moist.