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Whole Wheat French Baguettes

Jim's Authentic French Baguettes

Author: Heidi Boortz
Servings : 2 loaves

Ingredients

Starter

  • 1 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup water tepid
  • 1/4 tsp yeast

Bread

  • 3 1/2 cups 100% whole wheat flour
  • 1 1/2 cups water tepid
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp yeast

Instructions

Starter

  • Combine starter ingredients. Cover and let stand at room temperature 4 hours.

Bread

  • Add starter and remaining ingredients to the bowl of a stand mixer. Fit mixer with dough hook. Turn mixer to speed one until well combined. (Note: it will not look like dough at this point, but will be very wet and sticky.)
  • Cover bowl with a clean dish towel and let stand 30 minutes. Uncover and turn to speed 1 for 30 seconds. Re-cover bowl and let stand 30 minutes. Uncover and turn to speed 1 for 30 seconds. Repeat two more times, for a total of 2 hours.
  • Sprinkle a little whole wheat flour on a clean work surface. Add dough and knead by hand a couple of times. Divide dough in half and roll one half out to a large rectangle. Starting with a long end, roll up into a log. Pinch seam to seal and fold ends under and pinch to seal. Place on a parchment lined baking sheet. Repeat with remaining dough.
  • Cover with a clean dish towel. Let stand 30 minutes.
  • 15 min before standing time ends, preheat oven to 475.
  • Uncover and bake 18-25 minutes or until crust is golden brown and loaves sound hollow when tapped. Let cool before slicing.

Notes

If you crave warm bread slathered in butter like I do, you can slice the still-hot loaves if you have an electric knife.  I do not recommend cutting by hand, though, until they're cool.
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