Standard Homestyle Baguette Recipe

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I’ve posted LOTS of dough recipes, but I realized that I’ve probably never posted this plain jane standard home style baguette recipe. It’s easy to play around with and add flavors and different flours, but this is the standby. I used it yesterday to make dried bread chunks for a stuffing/dressing waffle recipe. (Coming soon!)

Standard Homestyle Baguette
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Serves: 8
 
Ingredients
  • 2 cups unbleached all purpose flour
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 cup warm water
  • 2 tsp yeast
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp olive oil
Instructions
  1. Warm the water from the tap or place cool water in a microwave for 30 seconds. Pour water into mixing bowl. Sprinkle yeast on top. Add all other ingredients. MIx/knead on lowest setting for 5 minutes. Spray or rub with a little extra olive oil. Cover bowl with towel or plastic wrap for about an hour. Divide into 2 parts. Stretch/roll into baguettes. Add to baguette pan. Bake at 450 for 20 minutes.

Even as I was adding the recipe I almost let myself complicate things. You could also use all 2 1/2 cups unbleached. Or 1 1/2 cups unbleached plus 1 cup white whole wheat flour. OR……. See? I’ll just keep it simple because I want to perfect that stuffing/dressing recipe. 🙂

This dough should come together in a smooth ball while mixing kneading. If it is sticking to the bottom after 5 minutes, add another tablespoon of all purpose flour. Repeat as needed.

I call this home style because it’s certainly not the professional bakery big air pockets and loud crust kinda baguette. (I’m working on my version of that!) That being said it’s a perfect go-to for lots of thing like tearing off a bit as a side for anything, made into croutons or bread crumbs or dried bread chunks, and sliced for sandwiches or crostini.

Last….this dough is very versatile and can be used for pizza dough, bread sticks, “naan”, focaccia, and even burger buns.

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