Tuesday, December 13, 2011

French Baguette and Avocado Crostini


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I really enjoy baking bread..in regardless the asian preferably soft and fluffy type of bread or european breads. I consume bread a lot, even when there's no homemade bread in the house, i will still get a loaf from the bakery nearby. Now this baguette that i made though i think it looks quite good in the picture, it lacks the really crisp crust that i'm looking for ..it could be my oven problem..i suspect probably my oven wasnt hot enough. Anyway, i made some simple mashed avocado and crabsticks to go with these baguettes, simply good.. that the not so crispy crust was not a concern anymore!



Recipe
Hi protein flour 250gm
low protein flour 50gm
salt 1 tsp
instant yeast 1 tsp
sugar 1/2 tbsp
water 190ml

Method:
1. Put all of the above in a big mixing bowl except water. On your machine to knead, pour in the water little by little till a dough is formed. Continue beating till dough is smooth. This will take around 10-15 minutes by machine.
2. Remove the dough from machine and transfer to a lightly floured bowl and let proof for 30 minutes. Deflate it a little and shape into round again to proof till double its volume.
3. Divide into 2 portions. Let it rest for 20 minutes.
4. Line your baking tin. Dust your hands with some flour and pat your dough into a oval shape and fold in half lengthwise and seal in the edges. ( you can roll over the whole dough then to get the shape more even ). Let it proof in the lined baking tin till double its size again.
5.Sprinkle some flour on top and with a very sharp knife, make some slashes on the dough. Spray some water with a sprinkler and bake in a preheated oven at 220C for 4 minutes. Spray water again and bake for further 3 minutes. Reduce temperature to 180C and bake for another 18minutes.


Avocado crostini
Mash one or 2 pieces of avocado, squeeze a little lemon juice,  put in some chopped filament crabsticks and add salt and black pepper to taste. Spread on plain or toasted baguettes.

43 comments:

  1. Your bread looks wonderful, Lena! For a crispier crust, maybe you could try baking it without reducing the temperature. It looks really delicious with the avocado topping. Yum!

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  2. Lovely baguette! Im also bread person, hehe! My husband lives baguette but I'm more of the Asian bread person, hahaha! But I love dipping these in curry...yum yum! I ever read before that the spraying water while baking does creates the crusty effect.... And you did just that. Anyway, hope you find the right way and share with us!

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  3. i like the baguette's color, soft tone and feeling relax...together with the Crostini, this is a perfect breakfast :)

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  4. It is good as breakfast, hi tea and supper too.

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  5. I've not make my own baguette before. Seeing your post makes me feel like making my own baguette too.

    I think the crispiness of crust has to do with humidity too. I always find the continental breads are much more crustier when I had them in Australia than in Singapore.

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  6. Lena, the avocado crostini sounds beautiful and looks really tempting as well. Salivating right at this moment actually! haha....
    I'm still away. Will back next week. Hope you're enjoying your holiday. Still 2 more weeks to go before school reopen huh! :o)
    Best regards,
    Kristy

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  7. Lena...congrats on your winning Sweet Spot's contest :) and this baguette makes me hungry with the avocado crostini looking so delicious...slurppp :)

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  8. Congrats on winning! This looks really good despite what you said. It looks fresh and soft in the inside- and I'm a fan of avocado so that is just what i need for the afternoon!

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  9. The ingredients look simple, but (there's always a but for me) the method is kinda tricky. Nevertheless the loaf looks delicious with its topping and I don't mind having it for breakfast and tea time :D

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  10. your baguette sure looks really really good!

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  11. 你还会做法棍,我连它的影子都抓不到,完全对这个面包没概念 :(

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  12. I love making bread too- nothing quite beats freshly made bread straight from the oven!! I've never made a baguette before, though I've sort of been meaning to....haha Yours looks great- even if it wasn't as crispy as you'd hoped ;) The mashed avocado and crabsticks topping looks so good!

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  13. Nice bake, Lena! Haven't tried bread with Avocado before, maybe I should try this. I love eating bread too, must have for my breakfast!

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  14. Good and healthy food! So nice to bake your own roti.

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  15. The avocado spread looks extremely good on the baguette slices.

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  16. nampak sungguh sedap terutama avocado tu..yum yum..Cm pun sangat suka masak roti:)baunya hingga seluruh ruang di dalam rumah..bau roti segar...

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  17. Hi Lena, your baguette looks so professional better than the bakery shop. Delicious spread. Have a great week.

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  18. Looks crispy to me though you said not so. Wah kar liew with crabsticks and mashed avocado to even out. Great healthy food yummy!

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  19. Eileen@Hundred Eighty DegreesDecember 13, 2011 at 10:49 PM

    Lovely baguette! I like to spread butter on it and go along with a cup of coffee.

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  20. It must be really yummy!I love the spread too!Well done,dear Lena!

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  21. OMG I love this fillings, it goes really well with bread. Now let's see, i think it was a good 10 years I last had this.

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  22. Lena, Your baguette looks so perfect and I love the fillings, so yummy!

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  23. Hi Lena, I love these French bread. We have a lot of Vietnamese eating stores and they serve these fancy kinds of stuffings. But yours sure looks fantastic.
    Never seen one with avocado too.

    And you made that bread! Holy Smoke! Lena...you the kind of lady where dreams are made of.
    Have fun, and keep a song in your heart.
    Lee.

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  24. The bread and the avocado looks wonderful - I'm sure I would polish off the loaf - delicious
    Mary x

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  25. Lena, the avocado crostini looks so pretty to go with the bread! Indeed is a lovely day to enjoy this as breakfast!

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  26. Your bread looks perfect! I've never had luck with bread-baking :(

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  27. hi lena, very interesting, i love to know how to make baguettes, cos i love this with smoked beef slices and gherkins lots and lots......yummy if add your avocado to it..

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  28. is there anything you can't do? Just wondering- your like the ultimate bread baker and cook! I wish I lived beside you.

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  29. I love the look of the texture. Hmm.. will brushing the loaf with water just before baking do the trick to get a really crispy crust?
    I forgot where I read on what to apply to get the type of crust we need.

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  30. So happy I found you on Apples and Twinkies, you've got yourself a new follower! This looks fantastic, I love crostini! xo Jessica @ Cajunlicious

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  31. I do like to spread mashed avocados on my toast!

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  32. This is such a mouth watering preparation,can't wait to try it

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  33. Perfection... There is nothing that can compare to home made bread!

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  34. i love guac on toast! i eat a variation of this for breakfast a lot :)

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  35. Hi Lena, thanks for the nice comment on my blog.
    Your baguette is great looking, very much in the core, very soft.
    The purpose of the avocado bread is delicious ....
    Kisses :)

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  36. Lena, your baguette looks professional man!! Miss "M" made my baquettes for me. With your recipe, I think I will fire Miss "M" very soon!

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  37. Oh wow! Your baguettes looks so golden and delicious! I can imagine how buttery they taste with that huge dollop of avocado spread on top!

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  38. I like your avocado spread on baguette, sound so refreshing and good!

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  39. I always have problem making baguette somehow. I do crave your avocado crostini, so mouthwatering.

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  40. It sure looks good and you've found the perfect way to enjoy it. Sounds like so much fun having a bake-a-long.

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  41. thanks everyone for coming by here and thanks to some of you who gace some tips to achieve a more crispy crust. Appreciate that. I think i should increase the temperature a little higher next time and spray some water onto the loaves before baking.

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  42. OMG Lena I loved this french baguette!!!

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