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Bien Cuit Baguettes (Makes 6 loaves)

Copyright 2013, Bien Cuit by Zachary Golper, All Rights Reserved

Photo: Quentin Bacon

Day before, make the Poolish (the ‘starter’):
500 grams flour
500 grams water
1 gram yeast

Mix all ingredients together by hand, then cover and allow to ferment overnight.

1000 grams bread flour
30 grams salt
20 grams yeast
10 gram malt
1000 gram poolish
550 gram water

Combine all ingredients in the mixing bowl together except the yeast and the salt. Mix until completely hydrated.

Then stop the mixing process for 20-30 minutes for "autolese". This is the period where the enzymes naturally found in the flour are brought to life by hydration and begin doing their work on the development of dough structure, without inoculating substantial fermentation (that's why we leave the yeast out).

Then add the yeast and the salt to the mixture. Then mix the dough to the right consistency. When its done, place in a bowl or tub for 40 minutes. Fold.

In 40 more minutes, remove from the tub and cut to 400 grams.

Pre shape (note – pre shape is where tough is tightened into a short tube-like shape), then allow the dough 20 minutes to rest.

Then shape the final shape (note – extended to a long shape, classifying the bread as a baguette), place in a linen, and either allow to proof for another 2 hours or so in a warm environment and bake, or place in a retarder overnight. Then bake in the morning. Bake at about 460 degrees F for about 20 minutes.