Joining in this week’s Great Bloggers Bake Off has been a bit more stressful than it should have.
I love baking bread, but this week for some reason it just wasn’t working for me.
I was attempting baguettes, and three attempts later, despite all baguettes being literally devoured by the children, I haven’t been able to perfect the version.
But if you’re looking for a perfect snack, a take on baguettes, well these in sweet and savoury were a massive hit.
- 250g strong white flour (for wholemeal use 125g white and 125g wholemeal strong flour).
- 5g salt
- 7g fast-action dried yeast
- 30ml olive oil for savoury or 2tbps honey for sweet
- 200mls water
- Olive oil for bowl
- Put the flour in the mixing bowl, with salt on one side and yeast on the other. Add the olive oil/ honey and most of the water.
- Using a food mixer, start the mixer slowly, adding the remainder of the water, and allow 5 minutes on a slow setting to form a smooth dough.
- Tip the dough into an oiled bowl, cover, and leave to prove for at 2 hours.
- Tip out the dough onto a floured worktop, divide the dough in two.
- Knock back the dough and roll into baguettes.
- Place on tray, cover and prove until doubled in size.
- Preheat an oven to 200 degrees celsius and place a roasting tin with boiled water at the base.
- Just before baking, slash the top of the baguettes.
- Bake for 40 minutes or until golden brown and with a hollow sound when the bottom is tapped.