But I'm determine to sew and bake more again this year - last year was lets just say less than stellar.
Anyways I baked bagels off the Christmas break, they were good - these are better!!!!
Sarah bought me a Baguette Kit for Christmas from here
They did provide a recipe and it was this one from here - I did tone down the salt to one teaspoon but otherwise followed the recipe.
It was easy to follow - it is quite a wet dough - so I used the oiled hands aka Paul Hollywood.
I didn't have to knead it for very long at all
I did over flour the cloche oops!
And I should have checked the length of the baguettes BEFORE rolling them to check they would fit on the tray and in the oven - FAIL they didn't, so they got cut in half.
The first and third batches from the oven were best, the second one was a bit too crunchy - no idea why though. I did also put a pan of water in the oven - you need a super hot oven.
They were DELICIOUS!!! the recipe made enough for 5 cherubs for lunch, they were goooood!!
Would I make them again HELL YES!!! Though I would make them fatter and shorter and they would be delicious with really good melty camberbert, prawns and avocado, super thin slices of rare roast beef - well heck pretty much anything you want to put on them, they were THAT good. I don't know if I can buy a fake baguette now from the store.
There is a fair bit of wait and see time, but very little manual labour involved.