Introduction: French Baguettes
What You Will Need.
Scale to measure
Mixer with Dough Hook attachment
Lean or Plastic Container with lid
Baguette Tray or Baking Sheet
Bench Cutter for Cutting Dough
Step 1: Ingredients
5 lbs All Purpose Flour
6.5 lbs Lukewarm Water
45 Grams Yeast
4 oz. Salt
Step 2: Mixing
Pre-heat oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit
In a Bowl Fitted with a Dough Hook
Add Luke warm water and yeast and mix until well dissolved on speed 1.
Approx. 3 mins.
This Activates the yeast so it's important to unsure the yeast is fully incorporated with the water.
Step 3: Mixing Step 2
Next You will Add Flour and Salt and Mix on Speed 1 for 5 mins
and Then Speed 2 for another 5 mins
the slow mix followed by a medium speed mix helps develop the gluten structure for the final product.
There is no need to rush this step.
Step 4: Prepare Container
Using Non-stick Spray spray a Lidded Container to place your dough.
Take dough out of bowl and place in Greased Container.
try your best to avoid ripping the dough as this can damage the gluten structure.
Step 5: Folding
The folds will be done as shown every 20 minutes for an hour.
The folds will begin with the side of the dough farthest in front of you, followed by the closest and then the left and right sides. allow the dough to stretch over completely to develop structure
They will be done the same way a total of 3 times.
Step 6: Proofing
After the Four folds allow Dough to proof for an hour prior to Make-up.
Step 7: Make-up
On a Floured Surface Place dough.
Cut dough into even 16 oz. loaves.
Allow a few minutes of rest before rolling into desired shape.
When rolling Baguettes ensure the first step in making the seam of the baguette is repeated to ensure a complete strong seam. apply pressure evenly to ensure consistency in shape and thickness
After Baguettes are rolled out, place them on a sprayed baking sheets or baguette pan.
Step 8: Proof
Allow Shaped Baguettes to proof for another hour.
This will develop a good shape for baguettes prior to going in the oven.
Step 9: Scoring Your Baguettes
With the blade Score Baguettes as shown with a slight horizontal and overlapping appearance. allow a clean cut by applying little to no pressure.
Step 10: Bake
Place Baguettes in the preheated oven and allow to bake for approx. 18 mins or until golden in color.
Rotate if needed for even baking.
Step 11: Enjoy
Enjoy your Baguettes