I realize that the title of this post may seem a bit arrogant. Really, I'm just proud of the way a baguette came out and I just HAD to photograph it! For a few years I have been experimenting with making different kinds of breads, but my favorite is rustic french bread from my Joy of Cooking cookbook. I use a mixed starter, meaning I use a bit of dough saved from a previous batch and put it into the new dough. The result is a more developed flavor and chewy texture.
Yesterday I made four thin baguettes and one in particular came out looking so good; and if you squint slightly you might think it came from la boulangerie. The slits showed up on the top, a thin dusting of flour made it look more rustic, and the golden color was perfect! I also finally bought and used bread flour, which I think made all the difference. I'd say the downside to making all of this is that we aren't big bread eaters around here. Still it is a lot of fun to bake and experiment with. I'm thinking next time I might add herbs or kalamata olives to really kick it up a notch.