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Above is a photo gallery of how to make a baguetter, i say baguetter because it is a better looking and tasting baguette for me. I love it especially when i use a Sponge or starer to create the dough, slow rise it, and let it proof at room temperature, be it cold or warm, this dough will never fail you.
I must say, i have the warmest feelings for this bread because this is the first bread i have ever perfected, way before i got into Pan de Sal. It is easier to mix because you can get away with 90% gluten development not the typical 100%, and for a tiny pair of hands like mine, with no Kitchen Aid at that time, it was impossible to knead higher ratio recipes such as Pandesal and Dinner Rolls. So i stuck with the French Bread.
I remember being so proud that i cut one piece into two individual loaves and gave them out to friends as gifts. I was thinking gold at that time, yeah i know how cheap they are if you get it from the groceries that sell them, but mine was no way near cheap. Mind you, it tasted better, and it kept me awake all night so it must be gold! That experience led me to baking more, persisting more, and having more patience. All the mores in this world, i got it from baking. This hobby and profession does not come in a pretty pink box with dainty laces and ribbons, it is for the tough of hearts, waiting for hours just for a loaf of bread??? Please, either you get a cardiac arrest or a loaf of bread after that much waiting.
I absolutely enjoy everything. From the moment i shop for ingredients, meticulously reading the labels and checking if i need this or that, label a versus b, oh never mind if i don't get that pair of shoes or buy jewelries like everyone else does. I know i will have a fresh batch of breads in the end. That's what matters.
Lastly, the journey is a never ending source of happiness. Every time you bake for someone and he or she likes it, that right there is a validation that you did something good. In my world, i don't always have to take the first bite out of this baguette, it can be you, or him, or her, or my nephew Pao in the photo.
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