Whilst traveling through France I managed to stock up on French T65 flour, otherwise known as “baguette flour”. I couldn’t wait to try it out with a very purist recipe for french baguette. This recipe is so simple and the resulting loaves of crunchy baguette do not disappoint. Don’t worry if you do not have french T65 flour, this french baguette recipe will also work just fine with strong bread flour or german 550 flour. These french baguette are a perfect accompaniment to any main meal or light lunch when sliced into 1-2 cm circles. Alternatively when sliced open horizontally and filled with cheese, meats and or veggies you have a rustic and hearty baguette sandwich.
French baguette recipe for 5-6 loaves
750g warm water
1kg T65 french flour
20g sea salt
14g instant dried yeast
1. Mix the water and flour well and leave to rest and fully hydrate for 20 minutes,
2. Then add the yeast and salt and knead either using the dough hook of your electric mixer or by hand for ~10minutes until the dough is smooth and very elastic. You should be able to really stretch and pull out the dough without it breaking up.
3. Form the dough into a ball and place in an oiled bowl. Cover with plastic wrap and leave to rise at room temperature for ~60minutes.
4. When roughly doubled in size turn the dough out onto a lightly floured work surface and divide into 5 equal pieces or 6 if you prefer thinner baguettes.
5. Using floured hands and work surface, roll out each piece of dough into an evenly thick log. Try to leave the ends rounded, as pointed ends will be too crunchy and hard after baking. Roll each baguette dough in semolina flour and then place on a baking sheet. Make sure to leave space in between each loaf to allow for expansion. Leave for a final rise for 45 minutes, in the meantime pre-heat your oven to 250 degrees and place a tray of water onto the oven floor.
6. Once risen cut diagonal slashes into the surface of the loaves, approx 0.5cm deep. Bake in a hot oven, 250 degrees, for 10minutes, then reduce the heat to 210 and bake for a further 20-30 minutes until your preferred browness.
Enjoy trying out this easy baguette recipe.