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Rustic Mini Baguettes

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rustic mini baguettes, bread

Baguettes are a trademark of France's food culture. The name for these long loaves of bread come from the Italian word bacchetta, meaning 'wand' or 'baton' and can reach up to one metre in length.

Of course, we humble home bakers do not possess ovens one metre long, so here is a recipe for some mini baguettes.

Most baguettes you buy are white loaves, but using a sourdough mix, you get a deeper flavour and a very attractive rustic looking loaf. you can either make your own starter or buy a ready made sourdough mix.

rustic mini baguettes, brie baguette, bread

If you wish to be particularly indulgent, you can fill the baguettes with another iconic french food: brie.

Preparation Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Cooking Time: 20 minutes
Makes: 4 servings


½ tsp salt
2 tsp fast action yeast
340ml water
500g sourdough bread mix or 300g homemade starter plus 200g white bread flour, 200g wholemeal bread flour, 100g rye flour
120g brie (optional)


rustic mini baguettes, brie baguette, bread

Mix all the ingredients (except the brie) together to form a dough.

rustic mini baguettes, brie baguette, bread

Knead the dough for ten minutes then prove it for about an hour in a square plastic tub.

rustic mini baguettes, dough, bread

Divide the dough into four and roll them out into thick sausage shapes.

rustic mini baguettes, dough, bread

Prove for half an hour
Pre-heat your oven to 240 ༠C/ 220 ༠C fan/450 ༠F/8 Gas and place a baking dish at the bottom.

rustic mini baguettes, dough, bread

Score the baguettes with four diagonal cuts.

rustic mini baguettes, dough, bread

If using brie, slice the baguettes lengthways and place 30g chopped brie inside the cavity of each one.

rustic mini baguettes, brie baguette, bread

Once the oven has reached temperature pour some cold water into the baking dish to create steam, then bake the baguettes in the oven for 20 minutes.

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