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Thursday, August 5, 2010

Mellow Bakers - French Bread update

I wanted to follow up with the recipe. It has been requested from my last mellow bakers post. It was fairly easy and it just takes a while but I think it was worth the wait.

2 Lb of Bread Flour - 100%
1 Lb and 6.4 oz of Water - 70%
0.6 Oz of Salt - 1.8%
0.13 Ox of Instant Dry Yeast - 1.25%

  1. Mix all the ingredients together on low for about 3 minutes. Once the dough reaches about 70% hydration (it should be incorporated but fairly loose in texture). Mix for another 3 minutes to develop the gluten.
  2. Than increase the speed to medium until it becomes elastic.
  3. Let it rise for about 2 1/2 to 3 hours. At about 50 minutes into the rise, take the dough and fold it over to release the air. I would fold it like a envelop :D. I did this every 50 minutes during the total 3 hours I let the dough to rise.
  4. Once the dough has fully grown, divide into 12-16 ounces pieces.
  5. First form a ball with the seams up and let it rest for about 15-20 minutes covered.
  6. Shape into baguettes and place on a baking sheet.
  7. Let it rise again for about 1.5 to 2 hours covered.
  8. Bake at 460 for 24 to 26 minutes.


  1. You make it seem so easy. What a great loaf!

  2. wow...looks great!!

  3. Don't you just love fresh baked bread? From the smell to the taste, it's just such a wonderful experience. I love the air bubbles in your loaf, so pretty :)

  4. looks great! Can almost smell it from here!

  5. You reminded me that I NEED to make french bread. Yours looks great!