Wednesday, 26 August 2015

GBBO Inspired #3 - Anything But Baguettes!

Ohh bread week...


 I was actually looking forward to bread week this year after my success with a Fig and Goat's Cheese Fougasse last year. But this time around, bread was not on my side (it's probably not surprising seeing as that fougasse was the last time I made bread).

I knew I should have picked the signature bake and made a quick bread, but I wasn't feeling particularly inspired by any flavour combinations. Plus kneading is the bit I like about baking bread, and quick breads shouldn't be kneaded very much at all. Boring. And ok, I might have been feeling a bit more confident this year, but there is absolutely no way I could have done a showstopper! Apart from maybe a snowman - which in hindsight would also have been a better idea.

Anyway, I went for the technical challenge again and decided to attempt baguettes. I love freshly baked baguettes - they make me think of holidays to France and al fresco lunches with a selection of cheeses and salads. Sadly what I ended up with was anything but baguettes. They didn't look like baguettes or taste like baguettes or resemble baguettes in anyway at all.

This was attempt number one. I promise I do actually know what a baguette looks like
I'm not sure of exactly the point these were destined to fail. Perhaps it was when I deemed the mixer incompetent and decided to mix by hand (I have this fear of kitchen appliances exploding in front of me every time they make a sound I've never heard before). Or when first time around I couldn't be bothered to find a plastic box with the right dimensions, so just found an old ice cream box in a cupboard. Or maybe when I completely forgot how cold our kitchen actually is, then tried to resolve this by sticking the dough in the slow oven (not even slightly close to a proving drawer). Or when I tried to fashion a couche out of a tea towel and some baking paper. Or when I forgot how temperamental our oven can be and managed to get a good crust, but a raw inside?

 Are you starting to understand that this was not my finest moment in the kitchen?!
Yeast cruelly teasing me by pretending this would actually work...

The ice cream box I used first time around

I even tried these twice - I wasn't giving up at the first attempt! (Although I have now given up at the second attempt.) At least the second time around I skipped out the makeshift couche so didn't end up reshaping blobs of dough into rolls. But I should have used two baking trays rather than sticking them all too close together. Oh well, c'est la vie.


Oh so promising in the makeshift cloche

Deflated. Like me after all this.

All in all, this week was a bit of fail. But there's always one, isn't there? Hopefully I'll be a bit more on form for desserts next week. Then we can forget all about these baguettes...


(The recipe I used this week was this one from the GBBO website)



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  1. I'm sorry they didn't turn out but they made for a delightful read! xx

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    1. Telling the story is probably the most successful bit of this bake!x

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  2. I failed mine too! *high-five* They looked just like yours after they deflated. At least we gave it a try!

    www.themidnightblog.com

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    1. Haha, kind of glad it was just me then! Never mind! X

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  3. Baguettes seem so hard!! Especially when you don't have a proper couche (bloody couches). I have to admit I did giggle a bit at the rolls-baguettes, but definitely admire you for sticking with it!!

    Saskia / girlinbrogues.com

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    1. Maybe when I'm a little better with bread I'll invest in a couche!

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  4. Ah sorry they didn't turn out well but I still love that you're joining in with the GBBO! xx

    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  5. Haha aw! Well looking forward to what you come up with next week, who doesn't like a good dessert.

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    1. Exactly, plus how wrong can a dessert go?? (Let me find out haha)

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  6. They did look really difficult to make but you made a good attempt! Love the Great British Bake Off, I wish I could bake as good as them!

    http://laurenslittleblogs.blogspot.co.uk/

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    1. Yeah they weren't at all easy! I wish I was as good as them too!

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  7. Baguettes are such beast of a bake aren't they. Though don't you just love trying these new bakes and learning a few new things along the way :-)
    Angela x
    Http://www.onlycrumbsremain.co.uk/

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  8. Ooh, those baguettes look delicious! I think you did a great job :)

    Cristina
    http://cristina.dk

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