Category Archives: Bread baking

Almost No-Knead Baguettes – July 4, 2015

The colonists may not have won the revolutionary war, so why not bake baguettes to celebrate Independence Day? So, I took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes (“Almost No Knead Baguettes” from Breadtopia site).

three crusty baguettes

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. “Almost No Knead Baguettes” from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Here it is step by step:

The poolish is started the evening before –

polish or pre-fermentation

Poolish, or prefermentation is mixed the night before. 

Simple ingredients, unbleached, all-purpose white flour; salt; water; yeast – ready to add to Poolish

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Simple ingredients. Unbleached all-purpose flour, yeast, salt, and water. 

During four brief in-bowl kneads with 10-minute intervals to end with very smooth, wet dough

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

There are four in-bowl kneads

After four brief in-bowl kneads (10-minute intervals), and a one-hour rise

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

After rise

Streatch and fold, and shape and set to reast for 15 minutes

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Stretch and fold, and sharp, then set to rest 

Shaped for final one hour final rise

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Shaped for a final one-hour rise

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Ready to go to the party with baguettes and fresh-made basil pesto.

Took a break from whole grain breads and tried my hand at traditional baguettes. "Almost No Knead Baguettes" from Breadtopia site . (Good for July 4, Independence Day because of the French role in the American Revolution.) 20150715.

Here’s the crumb

 

Baking Bread

Baking bread is one of my near-term goals. I haven’t baked bread for a number of years.

April 17, 2015. My first effort. honey-whole wheat, four-braid challah. Next time I plan to try six braid. I used a recipe from all recipes.com <http://allrecipes.com/recipe/honey-whole-wheat-challah/>.

Pair of four-braid honey whole wheat challahs fresh from oven

Fresh from the oven. Four-braid Honey Whole Wheat Challah. Recipe from allrecipes.com. Baked on April 17, 2015.

Four-braid Honey Whole Wheat Challah. Recipe from allrecipes.com. Baked on April 17, 2015.

Ready for oven, with egg wash. Four-braid Honey Whole Wheat Challah. Recipe from allrecipes.com. Baked on April 17, 2015.

April 24, 2015. Oatmeal Seed Bread. Baked on a stone with steam for a crusty bread. Baked Recipe from “Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes” by Beatrice Ojakangas, Wiley (1998), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages.

Oatmeal Seed Bread. Baked on a stone with steam ffor a crusy bread. Baked April 24, 2015. Recipe from "Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes" by Beatrice Ojakangas, Wiley (1998), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages.

Oatmeal Seed Bread. Baked on a stone with steam for a crusty bread. Baked April 24, 2015. Recipe from “Whole Grain Breads by Machine or Hand: 200 Delicious, Healthful, Simple Recipes” by Beatrice Ojakangas, Wiley (1998), Edition: 1, Hardcover, 400 pages.