The French Baguette was first made in Vienna during the Mid 19th Century. When a law in France was past which stated that bakers can't bake before 4 am in the morning, the French Baguette came to the rescue as it could be made and baked more rapidly than the French Boule. Before the law was past the French enjoyed the Boule for breakfast every day, but with the new law there was not enough time for the boule to be prepared and baked in time for breakfast.
This past weekend I prepared and baked a traditional French Baguette (to be able to call any bread you make french it should only contain four basic ingredients which include flour, yeast, water and salt.) with had a pre-ferment which I had to prepare the night before. This is to develop a much stronger flavour in the bread (the french are known for there artisan bread baking skills, and using only the four basics they are able to produce several different bread. They achieve this by changing proofing times, kneading methods and quantities.) and it also provides better gluten development. The next day I was ready to make my bread, I did not use any fancy mixers or specialised equipment to make the bread. So there is no excuse for anyone not to try out this great recipe.
Enjoy and please post pictures of your Baguettes.
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