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Authentic Baguette Recipe

From our article on French bread, Le Pain Français , you learned that French bread is not just a simple carbohydrate; it is a culinary marvel that embodies tradition, community, and enjoyment. From its role as a cultural symbol to its versatility in various culinary creations, French bread continues to captivate and delight food lovers around the world. Now that you're familiar with the history and cultural significance of the French bread, why not try baking a Baguette yourself? Below is a traditional recipe for the beloved Baguette.






 

Ingredients:

  • 500g bread flour

  • 10g salt

  • 10g sugar

  • 7g instant yeast

  • 350ml warm water


Instructions:


Image of a mixing bowl of dough ingredients for baguette

  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the bread flour, salt, and sugar. Mix well to evenly distribute the ingredients.

Image of a mixing bowl of dough for baguette


  • Make a well in the center of the flour mixture and add the instant yeast. Gradually pour in the warm water while mixing continuously until a soft dough forms.


Image of a person kneading dough for baguette

  • Once the dough comes together, transfer it onto a lightly floured surface. Knead the dough for about 10 minutes until it becomes smooth and elastic.

  • Place the kneaded dough back into the mixing bowl and cover it with a clean kitchen towel. Allow it to rise in a warm place for about 1-2 hours, or until it doubles in size.


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  • After the dough has risen, gently punch it down to release any trapped air. Transfer it back onto the floured surface and divide it into four equal portions.

  • Take one portion of the dough and flatten it into a rectangle. Starting from the shorter end, roll it up tightly, tucking in the edges as you go. Repeat this process with the other two portions of dough.


Image of laid out baguette


  • Once all portions are rolled up, place them onto a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Cover them with a clean kitchen towel and let them rise for another 30-45 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, preheat your oven to 220°C (425°F). If you have a baking stone, place it in the oven to preheat as well.

Image of a person using a blade to slash the top of the baguette

  • Once the baguettes have completed their second rise, make diagonal slashes across the top of each loaf using a sharp knife or a razor blade. This will help them expand during baking.

  • Carefully transfer the loaves onto the preheated baking stone or baking sheet. Bake them in the oven for approximately 20-25 minutes, or until they turn golden brown and sound hollow when tapped on the bottom.

  • Remove the baguettes from the oven and let them cool on a wire rack before slicing.


Image of a completely baked baguette

Voilà! You now have freshly baked French baguettes ready to be enjoyed. Bon appétit!


P.S

Don't forget your wine paring!


 

Wine Pairings for French Bread

  • Champagne: The crisp acidity and effervescence of Champagne make it an excellent choice to pair with French bread. The bubbles cleanse the palate and enhance the flavors of the bread.



  • Sauvignon Blanc: With its bright acidity and citrusy flavors, Sauvignon Blanc is a refreshing choice to pair with French bread. The zesty notes of the wine complement the tanginess of the bread.



  • Chardonnay: A well-balanced Chardonnay with subtle oak flavors can be a delightful companion to French bread. The creamy texture and tropical fruit notes of the wine complement the soft, chewy interior of the bread.



  • Pinot Noir: A light-bodied red wine like Pinot Noir can be a surprising but delightful pairing with French bread. Its delicate flavors and silky texture enhance the subtle flavors of the bread without overpowering them.



  • Rosé: A dry Rosé with its refreshing acidity and fruity notes can be a versatile choice to pair with French bread. Its light and crisp character complements the delicate flavors and textures of the bread.




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Tips for Wine and French Bread Pairing


        To ensure a successful wine and French bread pairing experience, consider the following tips:

  • Experiment: Don't be afraid to try different wine varietals and styles to find your perfect pairing. Everyone's palate is unique, so what works for one person may not work for another.

  • Consider the Occasion: The occasion and the other dishes being served should also be taken into account when selecting a wine. If you're serving French bread as an appetizer before a meal, a lighter wine like Champagne or Sauvignon Blanc may be a good choice. If French bread is part of a main course, a medium-bodied wine like Chardonnay or Pinot Noir may be more suitable.

  • Balance the Flavors: Aim for a balance between the flavors of the wine and the French bread. The wine should enhance the flavors of the bread without overpowering them.

  • Personal Preference: Ultimately, the best wine pairing is the one that you enjoy the most. Trust your palate and choose a wine that you personally find delicious when paired with French bread.



 

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