My fifth set of baguettes sourdough with 0.07% IDY

Happy Canada Day! To celebrate I started a double batch of baguettes yesterday and just pulled them out of the oven. I decided that I wanted to try an almost all white flour recipe since white flour baguettes are what remind me of Paris most.

I added a small amount of rye to the levain build but otherwise followed the recipe I found on another site, so the rye was 2.5% of the flour the rest was AP. Because I cannot cold retard six baguettes in my fridge I decided it would be interesting to see the difference when cold retarding shaped baguettes vs. unshared until after cold retard. However, because I cannot bake six baguettes at once, the shaped baguettes went into the oven after 13 hours of cold retard. The second three were shaped after 13.5 hours of cold retard and then placed back in the oven until the oven, baking steel, cast iron skillet and Silvia towel were back up to 500ºF. Oh because I forgot to drop the temperature from 500ºF to 480ºF at the start of baking the second set, they baked at 500ºF until halfway after removing the steaming gear.

Because I didn’t weigh the dough when I divided, the first of baguettes were larger and didn’t fit well on my cookie tray or baking steel. The second set fit much better. I think for my set up 280-290 g per baguette is optimal.

Oven spring seems pretty good especially on the second set. There are a bit of ears on some. The crumb will tell the story I guess.

Now the second set.

I forgot to take a photo after scoring these, but I think scoring was a bit better as I did each score faster, I need much more practice. I also forgot to brush off the excess flour prior to scoring.

Looks like you’re getting this down really good, you are making me hungry. Good job.

1 Like

Thanks so much. I am starting to get the hang of it but as you can see I’m no where consistent yet.

Crumb on one of the first set, shaped cold retard.

1 Like

Crumb of the bulk cold retard then shaped.

1 Like


1 Like

Thank you Kevin. It will take many more bakes to get anywhere near consistent for me.

Jane asked for the recipe for these baguettes so I shall post them here. These were an adaptation of a recipe originally written by Abel then adapted by Alfanso.

Total Flour
Total Dough Weight (g) 1899.1 Prefermented 9.09%
Total Formula Liquid Levain Final Dough
Ingredients % Grams % Grams Ingredients Grams
Total Flour 100.00% 1102.4 100.00% 100.3 Final Flour 1002.1
AP Flour 100% 1102.4 100% 100.3 AP Flour 1002.1
Strong Bread Flour 0% 0 0% 0.0 Bread Flour 0
Water 70.38% 775.9 100% 100.3 Water
Autolyse (93%) 0.00% 0.0 0% 0.0 Autolyse(cool) 675.6
Final (7%) 0.00% 0.0 0% 0.0 Bassinage(v cool) 0
IDY 0.07% 0.8 IDY 0.8
Diastatic Malt Powder 0.02% 0.2 Malt 0.2
Salt 1.80% 19.8 Salt 19.8
Starter (in final dough) 2.20% 24.3 24% 24.1
Levain 200.5
Totals 176.89% 1899.1 224% 224.7 1949.
Autolyse Flour, Levain & water. 20 Min. 1 stage liquid levain build @100% hydration
Salt, IDY, Malt Stage 1
FF: 150, 5min., 150 AP Flour 100.3
Bulk <2 Hr… [email protected], 100. Retard ~12 -15 hr total. Water 100.3
Dough manageable but very slack throughout. Starter 24.1
Moderate flour on couche Total 224.7
Shape, seam side up on couche. dough wil be very slack & soft
Pre-heat @500dF.
Steam, bake @470dF

For the levain I used 24 g whole wheat 100% hydration starter and 10 g rye and 90 g AP flour and left overnight @ room temperature to ferment. Water was cold from the fridge filtered. It was past peak in the morning but this was more than 12 hours (15 hours)

I bulk fermented until 30% rise then preshaped half the dough, the other half went into the fridge to cold retard.

1 Like