I just baked baguettes using this recipe with much success. They have a soft inside and a nice, crispy crust. See?
I made sure to weigh every ingredient as it was added so that I could replicate the results. Having a scale is essential for baking — not to mention science(!). Besides, who wants to waste measuring cup after measuring cup when you could just be plopping ingredients into one bowl and taring a scale after each addition?
For the fellow scale-crazed, I present the ingredients of Breadworld.com’s whole wheat baguette in metric form:
- 396 g all-purpose flour
- 343 g whole wheat flour
- 8 g RapidRise yeast (Note: I used Bread Machine yeast; it’s the same thing as RapidRise yeast.)
- 10 g sugar
- 14 g salt
- 293 g water
- 112 g whole milk
- 25 g vegetable shortening
The total weight was 1172 grams, so each loaf wound up being 586 grams prior to shaping. I also preheated my oven to 400˚F (204˚C) one hour before baking with a baking stone in place. I then used the sheet pan method to transfer the loaves directly in to the oven.
Now, then. I’m going to scurry on back to my sewing project.