Bread baking is the the most fulfilling kitchen experience according to me…..all the bread bakers will agree with me. I have tried my hands at bread baking and it is so satisfactory to see your bread rise well and being enjoyed by everybody at home. I have tried quiet some breads and while some have been disastrous as well…..some have been equally great. I have been bought up eating the plain white sandwich bread and the world of blogging has introduced me to bread baking. My 1st bread at home was a couple of years back when i 1st stumbled on Harini’s Blog and was so very awed by her recipes and tried Focaccia for the 1st time. had been so happy with the result and then was on a baking spree at that time where i tried many more. That was the last of my baking experience. It is only recently that i have started baking breads again and my 1st bread baking after ages was a baguette.
What is a baguette? A Baguette is a thin loaf of french bread which has a crispy crust and a chewy texture. before trying my hand at this bread, i went ahead and purchased one from the market to see the taste and texture. The bread was so long it took me ages to finish it off. This recipe is from Saee’s Blog My Jhola , isnt it a lovely name and it is a equally lovely blog as well…..Plz do hop over there and her videos are a must watch. They are so simple but so pleasing to watch. Here goes the recipe.
Dont let the photo deter you, i was so happy with the bread that forgot to take pics of the bread , these were the last slices i had ….
Recipe Source My Jhola
2 Cups All Purpose Flour
1 tsp Eagle Instant Dry yeast
1 tbsp Sugar
1/2 tbsp salt
1 tbsp poppy seeds
1 tsp melted butter (For spreading while baking)
3/4 to 1 cup warm water
Add yeast and sugar to 3/4 cup water. Let rest for 5 mins to proof where the whole mixture will rise.
In a wide bowl mix flour and salt nicely, add the yeasty mixture and form a dough.
This dough should be sticky and soft. Add little more water if only required.
The next step is kneading the dough and i usually do this on my cooking surface.
Flour the surface and transfer the dough here and knead very nicely for at least 8-10 mins.
Sprinkle some flour in between at the starting so that the dough wont stick much.
After about 5 minutes of kneading , the dough wont stick to the surface but will have turned to a smooth one.
Place this in a bowl again and rest the dough till double in size which took 45 mins for me.
Punch the dough down and shape the dough to a thin long loaf shape. (Do check this King Arthur flour Site for step by step pic and great tips as well)
Transfer this to a baking tray and let rest for 20 mins.
Preheat oven at 180 c.
Make some 2 or 3 slits diagonally with a sharp knife.
Brush the melted butter on the top and sprinkle the poppy seeds.
Bake in the preheated oven for approx 20 mins.
To check whether the bread is ready i usually tap the bread and if i get a good hollow sound , it seems to be ready.
Let cool and then slice to get even slices.
We had them warm with some butter spread on it and it was holy yum.
Had some slices as garlic bread and some more just dunked in soup and enjoyed.
Yeast plays a very important role. Do check this site to learn more about different types of yeast.
You can use sesame, flax seeds or keep it plain instead of poppy seeds.
Do try baking and you will be amazed with the results.
The aroma of the bread baking in the oven is so good that you wont be able to stop yourself to bake more and more.