Teaching to bake and giving to a cause

Last night I went to a woman's apartment who taught us how to bake baguettes.  She bakes them every other day for her family.  She decided to start teaching others how to bake baguettes and requests that each person who comes needs to give a donation to Hot Bread Kitchen.  Great idea. 

The process is simple but I guarantee you it is all about a sixth sense.  You begin with live yeast, very warm water and sugar. 

You mix that with some flour, continuing to stir until there are no bubbles. The consistency is like soup.  That sits covered for about an hour.

Then you add more flour and sea salt and just stir until everything is really incorporated.  Slowly adding in the flour.  This rises for about 2 more hours. 

Last puff

Then it is ready and you have to move quickly.

Take some flour and put it on the kitchen counter.  Pour some dough out which is about the size of an orange. 

You flip is once to cover with flour and then put it on the bread trays.  Bake for about 25 minutes. 

I won't share the recipe until I try it at home.  Looks simple but my gut tells me she just made is look that way.  I took my baguette home, hot out of the oven and shared it with the family.  Pretty damn good.

Comments (Archived):

  1. Fernando Gutierrez

    Having a hot bagette in your hands and not eating it on the way home has a lot of merit. Hope your family recognized that!

    1. Gotham Gal

      Ha. Hope so!

  2. candice

    I have been making baguettes lately from the french bread method in Peter Reinhart’s Artisan Breads Every Day. He uses a mix-and-refrigerate method which makes it easy to schedule the whole process.I got the book on a recommendation from a local blogger friend who is the only person I knew who worked full time and still managed to make bread.Shaping loaves has taken some practice but even the imperfect loaves still taste good.

    1. Gotham Gal

      I will take a look at the book. thanks. I have to say the fresh bread outof the oven is pretty spectactular

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