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Baguette Bread Question

Spring ChickenSpring Chicken Posts: 9,515
edited November -1 in EggHead Forum
Spring Hen cooked some sauce and meatballs for spaghetti yesterday, so I thought I would like some fresh bread to go with it.

I had a craving for some baguette bread like I saw in Sams Club the day before so I decided to look up a recipe and make my own.

The recipe didn't look complicated at all, and I had the advantage of owning a Big Green Egg. Here's the recipe:

Baguette Bread

Preparation Time: about 25 minutes
Cooking Time: about 25 minutes
Resting Time: about 4 hours, 30 minutes

Ingredients for French bread baguette recipes:

4 cups Flour
1 tbsp. Dry Active Yeast
1-2 tsp. Salt
2 cups Warm Water
Oil for bowl

How to make it:

1. In a bowl, mix together the flour and the salt.
2. In another bowl, combine yeast, warm water, and half of the flour/salt mixture. Using your hands, mix until it forms a dough. Then, cover with a dish cloth and let sit at room temperature for 3 hours. It should triple in size.
3. Gently incorporate the rest of the flour/salt, using your hands.
4. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead for about 10 minutes. It should be supple and elastic when you stop kneading.
5. Lightly oil a bowl. Place dough in bowl. Cover with a dish towel. Let sit for 1 hour. It should double in size.
6. Preheat oven to 450°F. Knead again. Then cut dough into 3 parts and form each part into a long baguette. Place on a baking sheet. Let sit for at least 20 minutes.
7. Place a bowl of water in the oven. Bake baguettes for about 25 minutes (maybe less). Remove the bowl of water after 15 minutes of baking.
Voilà!

Tip for French Bread Baguette Recipes:

Baguettes are particularly crusty and light because they are cooked at extremely high temperatures and are vaporized. Even though domestic ovens can't go as high as real French bakery ovens, you can still make an excellent baguette, by remembering to put a bowl of water in the oven. And, of course by baking at a very high temperature.


I followed the recipe to the letter but the bread was tasteless and hard. Tossed most of it.

So what do you think I did wrong?

Spring "Man Cannot Live On Bread Alone, He Must Have Peanut Butter" Chicken
Spring Texas USA

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