Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Fresh Classic Baguettes with Strawberry Butter: June's King Arthur Flour's Bakalong

This month's King Arthur Flour Bakealong is simply delicious. If you have ever dreamed of turning out perfect golden crusted tasty baguettes from your own oven, you have to try this recipe.

This recipe takes a bit of commitment and time to make but I loved learning new skills while completing some of the steps. 

First, you make the starter (a 14-hour resting process.)  Mixing, kneading and shaping the bread take a lot of additional rest and rise time. However, I would be lying if I didn't say when the bread came out of the oven, I wasn't giddy with satisfaction over the success of creating homemade baguettes. 

In full disclosure, this blog has no professional affiliation with King Arthur Flour but I'm learning new skills and having a ton of fun with their bakealongs keep me coming back every month. 

The crust turned out crunchy and golden, thanks to a great tip provided in the excellent step by step provided by King Arthur Flour.  The insides were soft and chewy. Perfection.

A special butter was required to go with my baguette success. I chopped up one extra large strawberry and added the pieces plus 1 tablespoon of powdered sugar to one stick (1/2 cup) of unsalted butter.  Alternately, you can puree the strawberry (use 1 extra large sized large or 2 normal sized strawberries) and add it to the butter for a smoother spread. I liked the look and the mouth-feel of the strawberry pieces.

Whether you choose to top the baguettes with a sweet or savory spread, you won't be sorry you spent the time and energy to make your own to wow your family or guests. 

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