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!
Hi protein flour 250gm
low protein flour 50gm
salt 1 tsp
instant yeast 1 tsp
sugar 1/2 tbsp
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.
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.