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Seeded Baguettes by Heidi Hedeker
This recipe and all of the step-by-step photos are by Heidi Hedeker, certified master baker and a pastry chef instructor with Kendall College since 2004. She is an associate professor there, and working on a baking program for kids with immigrant roots called It Bakes a Village. We are honored to collaborate with Heidi on a series of recipes, which also includes Fougasse with Walnuts.
These baguettes are made with our Whole Kernel Bread Flour (100% extraction), and a poolish starter. Yield: Two 300g (10 oz.) baguettes
- 108g High Protein Bread Flour or Whole-Kernel Bread Flour
- 108g water
- A pinch of Instant yeast (0.2g)
Final dough formula
- 210g Whole-Kernel Bread Flour
- 120g water
- 6.5g salt
- 6g Instant yeast
- Poolish starter
- 45g toasted seeds (flax, sesame, pumpkin, or sunflower)
- 40g Sesame seed paste (tahini), if desired
1) Poolish starter. Make poolish starter 12-16 hours before mixing the bread. You can use the starter when it has doubled in size, and is bubbling throughout the mixture (see 2nd photograph of the poolish 16 hours after mixing).2) Mixing the bread dough. This dough can be mixed entirely by hand. Loosen up the poolish by combining it with the water, then add the flour and yeast. After a shaggy dough forms, sprinkle in the salt. Using a plastic scraper, mix all ingredients together, turning the bowl frequently, until a fairly smooth dough forms. This should take about 6-8 minutes. Dont worry about developing it too much, as the fermentation time will help develop the gluten in the dough. Add the toasted, cooled seeds at the end of the mixing time.
3) Bulk fermentation. Coat the dough with oil and turn into a plastic tub. Cover and allow to ferment for two hours, giving it one stretch and fold after an hour.
4) Shaping. Halve the dough and shape each half into a rectangle (the picture above shows a doubled recipe). If you would like to include tahini in the baguettes, spread the paste on now, and then shape the rectangles into cylinders. This first shaping is called the pre-shape, dont expect to get the baguette to its full length yet. Allow the dough to rest for 10 minutes, then tighten and elongate the baguette to its full length, about 16-18.
6) Scoring and Baking. While the shaped baguettes are proofing to about double in size, preheat the oven to 480F. Pre-steam your oven by pouring boiling water into a pan placed on the bottom of the oven. Score your baguettes and bake on a baking steel, pizza stone, or baking sheet for 15-20 minutes.
5) Dredging in seeds. Brush the shaped baguettes with water and dip into a pan of seeds to coat them. Using black sesame seeds will create a dramatic effect!
Posted on January 08 2020