Want to learn how to make the most beautiful, tastiest French Baguettes even if you are a complete beginner at baking?
If you live in France, you have access to an incredible "Boulangerie" (bakery) that makes fresh baguettes everyday, their perfume wafting through the air, luring you in, sometimes multiple times in the same day. The morning, it is for a baguette, a croissant or a pain au chocolat. The afternoon it is for a palmier or a chouquette as you pick up a baguette artisinal to savor with your evening cheese plate.
For those of us who do not have a Boulangerie on the corner of our street - finding fresh baked crusty French Baguettes can be more of a challenge. Admittedly, I have succumbed from time to time to the Baguettes at my local grocery store in the suburbs of Washington, DC, but the pale, thin crust and pasty inside quickly remind me that no, these are not the same thing. To say that they pale in comparison would be an understatement.
Making Baguettes at home
Baguettes have always intimidated me. They seem too complicated, requiring too much expertise for a busy working mom like me to be able to master. But over the past 2 years I have been perfecting a recipe for the quickest, easiest baguettes EVER.
I can wake up on a Saturday morning at 7am and, with a few ingredients and minimal intervention, have fresh baked crusty artisinal baguettes on the table for the family by 9am. There is nothing better than putting crusty, hot baguettes out on the table with some butter and jam. The perfume of baguettes gets even the sleepiest kid out of bed!
A simple meal of homemade soup is rendered sublime with a good baguette. As is a summer salad Niçoise. The joy of tearing into a homemade baguette is second to none and is a key ingredient for keeping the "joie de vivre" (joy of life) that I loved so much on the French Riviera alive, now that we live in the USA.
After literally hundreds of baguette trials, I am happy to host my very first Baguettes for Beginners Workshop!
The introductory cost for participation in this first class is $10 and is only available to a limited group of people!
What we will cover in the Baking Baguettes for Beginners Workshop:
- Working with yeast for beginners (we will use dry active yeast - super easy!)
- How to proof your baguettes
- Rolling out baguettes (with a few professional Chef tips you will be able to make beautiful baguette shapes!)
- Different ways of scoring baguettes
- Cooking baguettes with a simple electric oven
- Correcting mistakes in baguettes
- As well as storing baguettes and baguette recipes (in case you don't eat them all in one setting!)
Also included in this first Class:
- 1 hour live Zoom session
- Live Q&A Session
- Making Baguettes for Beginners ebook
- Lifetime access to the video
- BONUS! Best French Soup Recipe Ebook
What to do before class
Make sure you have the following ingredients:
- active dry yeast ( I use this one from Bob's Red Mill)
- all purpose flour (Bread flour is optimum but not necessary)
- olive oil
- a baking pan or cookie sheet
If you want to get fancy with me you can also use a baguette pan, but it is not necessary!
I hope you can join me for our very first Baking Baguettes for Beginners Workshop! I look forward to seeing you on zoom this Saturday.
Let me know if you have any questions,
I look forward to baking with you!
Le Chef's Wife
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