Eight baguettes yesterday…

06 May

Baguettes, baguettes, baguettes… Yes, I am practicing!  The dough hydration is again 70%.

To make four baguettes (  309g each when I divided into four dough  )

Preferment dough:

  •  380g King Arthur all purpose flour
  • less than 1/4 tsp saf-instant yeast
  • 267g spring water

Final dough:

  • 380g King Arthur all purpose flour
  • less than 1/4 tsp saf-instant yeast
  • 267g spring water

I tried the new method after watching some professionals and home-baker’s Youtube videos.  They really helped me.

When I started this craziness, I hadn’t found much clue to learn good techniques of a perfect baguette. Now we can find so many good tips by online searching.

My two favorite Youtube videos are:


I feel much easier and doing the right thing to make a baguette as a close-to- a professional baker after following these processes.

Oops, where is another baguette? There are only seven baguettes in the picture..


Did you notice the one from the very left?  Yes, it is crooked..   I made a mistake when I put it in the oven.


I couldn’t slice in the half to check the whole crumb because they were for the vendor who sells home made basil pesto at the local farmers market. They give some samples with french bread there, so I would like to get feedback from them.

By the way, I started to sell my bread recently. I don’t know how it goes.. but I certainly enjoy baking and getting real good feedback from my customers.

Here is a crumb shot.. ( round slices)


The taste of these baguettes :  I just love the natural sweetness comes from just flour and spring water and salt.  The creamy crumb is one of my goals.

The crumb:  I was surprised to see how much air-pockets I got by the new process.

I will continue to experiment with the new technique..    Next time.. .Yes, 80% hydration baguette!

Happy baking!


Shopping tip:
My favorite instant yeast: Saf-instant yeast
Saf Instant Yeast, 1 Pound Pouch


Posted by on May 6, 2017 in Baguette


2 responses to “Eight baguettes yesterday…

  1. aspieeyes

    May 6, 2017 at 4:15 pm

    Very nice baguettes Akiko! The crumb structure is perfect! Have a wonderful day!

    Liked by 1 person

  2. Akiko

    May 6, 2017 at 11:56 pm

    Thank you for your very nice compliment, aspieeyes!! You made my day!!



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