baguettes.

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Now, baguettes.

Remember how I received a gift that keeps on giving (sourdough starter) for my birthday? Well, dear friend Ethel Louise came over last week to teach me how to make baguettes from my starter. The night before, she provided instructions for mixing the leaven and the poolish, and then I prepared the dough and gave it a few turns before she arrived. We shaped the dough, took Boh for a walk, carefully molded it into baguette loaves in a special way to maintain tension in the dough, heated the oven (and her baking stone and special beat-up cast iron pan for the bottom of the oven), and then, just before the loaves went in, she threw a handful of ice into the cast iron pan to make lots of steam. She is a rockstar. (Also, did you see that my new oven has an oven light? Fancy.)

I mean, these are awesome in normal vision, but don’t they look even more delectable in hipstamatic? (Yes. The answer is yes.)

Ethel is headed overseas for research for a few weeks, and is leaving me the baking stone, the cast iron pan, and her copy of the Tartine cookbook. We’ll see if I can recreate this magic while she’s away…

Happy Friday, folks! I’m off to campus.

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9 thoughts on “baguettes.

  1. They look delicious!! I’ve heard of throwing water on the oven floor but I think using ice instead is genius!! Will try that next time.

  2. Yum! Those loaves looks very delicious — and very much worth trying to recreate! How was baguette with ricotta??

  3. Good tips! I need to get a baking stone apparently. Do you like the Tartine book? My friend sent me the link and I put it on my Amazon wishlist…

  4. Beautiful loaves! Hehe. Tartine was one of my birthday gifts last month. Love it! Have a great weekend.

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