Quick Wheat Baguettes

by Shawnda on May 18, 2010

in Bread

Quick Wheat Baguettes

Daddy-daughter time leaves my evenings and weekends available for what my friend Kelly recently called “advanced cookery.” When The Foodie Baby gets in one of her moods, “advanced cookery” means cheese sandwiches for lunch. But we ain’t talking Sunbeam and Kraft singles.

Shortly after my husband returned to work, I learned that the easier and faster lunch was, the better. And it was absolutely necessary that it could be put together and eaten with one hand. Enter the cheese sandwich. I can make the bread in the evenings or on the weekends, slap a round of fresh mozzarella or a slice of brie on top, and pop it under the broiler. Tomatoes and fresh basil optional. Melty cheese sandwiches and a Diet Dr. Pepper make a great lunch. Throw in a quietly sleeping baby and it’s perfect :)

Quick Wheat Baguettes

If you visit my site, you’ll notice the new look, courtesy of Tracey at Little Bitty Design Studio. Since I’ve temporarily retired, I now have time to do things that I’ve been wanting to do for a while, like overhaul the blog, add a printable recipe feature (in progress), and provide nutritional information (coming soon!) including Weight Watcher points for all recipes. I am not a doctor and I don’t play one on TV or the internet, but it only takes a few extra minutes of my time to figure it out.

If you notice anything out of whack, feel free to let me know. In the meantime, my cheese sandwich is getting cold.

Quick Wheat Baguettes

A quicker, wheat baguette perfect for snacking and sandwiches.

Ingredients

  • 3 cups warm water, divided
  • 1 Tbsp sugar
  • 2 1/4 tsp (1 package) yeast
  • 2 1/2 cups all-purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  • 1 Tbsp vital wheat gluten*
  • 1 tsp salt
  • Oil, for coating bowl
  • Cornmeal, for dusting (optional)

Instructions

  1. Put 1 cup warm water, sugar, and yeast into the stand mixer bowl. Let stand for 10 minutes until frothy.
  2. Add 1 cup water and the flour. Knead for 5-7 minutes on medium speed with the dough hook (add additional flour 1 spoonful at a time if the dough does not come off of the side of the bowl). Cover bowl and let rest for 15 minutes.
  3. Sprinkle dough evenly with salt and knead on medium speed for 1 minute to incorporate salt. Transfer to an oiled bowl, turning to coat. Cover and let rise until dough has doubled. (This takes ~45 minutes with my oven set to “Dough Proof.” Alternately, if you're hurtin' for a warm place for the dough to rise, you can turn your oven on the lowest setting for two minutes while kneading the dough, and then shut if off.)
  4. Preheat oven to 425. Place broiler pan in the bottom of the oven.
  5. Lightly flour your work surface and a baking sheet with flour and cornmeal (I put a silpat on the baking sheet as well). Turn dough out onto your work surface and divide dough in half. Gently pull each half into a rectangle as you transfer it to the dusted baking sheet. Fold the top of the long edge down to the bottom and crimp to seal. Fold under the ends of they look scraggly... mine always do. Turn the loaves over so they are seam-side down.
  6. If I'm not in a hurry, I let the loaves sit for 20 minutes before proceeding. But I'm always in a hurry - that's why I use this recipe. Fresh yeast bread in under 2 hours :)
  7. Using a razor blade or sharp knife, slash the top of the loaves every 2-3 inches. The blade should be sharp enough to do all the work for you – don't press down and deflate your loaves (I keep a pack of small glass scraper replacement razors in my utensil drawer - they work great). Place into the oven. Pour remaining 1 cup water into the broiler pan and shut the oven door. Bake for ~15 minutes or until golden brown.

Notes

Yields: 2 baguettes

Adapted from Quick French Bread

Estimated time: 1 hour 45 minutes

{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 katie May 18, 2010 at 9:03 pm

Love the new layout, but it is HUGE! I have to scroll to see it all, do you know a way to correct it? Thanks!

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2 foodiebride May 19, 2010 at 7:02 am

Katie – thanks for letting me know. Is that better? I have a really wide screen so I couldn’t tell myself.

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3 Stephanie @ Confessions of a Trophy Wife May 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

This recipe looks delish! I too like to spend my “mommy time” cooking/baking. And I know all too well what you mean about needing a quick, easy lunch! If I don’t plan ahead for something I can easily grab for lunch then there’s a good chance I won’t get anything to eat until Hubs gets home!

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4 Joanne May 18, 2010 at 9:42 pm

Bread and cheese…very French of you :P Now all you need is a glass of wine…

I love that bread. It looks absolutely delicious!

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5 Katy R May 19, 2010 at 8:59 am

I love the new layout!

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6 Cookie May 19, 2010 at 10:20 am

The new look is beautiful. AND, I really appreciate you adding weight watcher’s points to each recipe!!!

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7 kitty May 19, 2010 at 2:58 pm

looks like a great recipe — but the header is still REALLY big.

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8 Ryan May 19, 2010 at 3:30 pm

Just butting in, yes that corrected the formatting. It was going off my screen also. Now it’s fitting. Love the layout.

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9 katie May 19, 2010 at 5:51 pm

It is a perfect fit~ I have a widescreen laptop, but not super wide. Love it!

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10 Jen @ Project Cookie 365 May 19, 2010 at 6:13 pm

Wowzers! I loooove this new layout! It’s beyond adorable! The funny thing is that I generally visit most blogs once a week, but this one popped up as a thumbnail on my homepage for Google Chrome (it stores your recently visited sites) and I though “What the heck has the kiddo gotten into now?!” He must have gone to it either through the history, or my favourites… Ahhh 3 year olds :)

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11 Gwyn May 19, 2010 at 6:46 pm

I love you r new layout. Your recipes are always awesome too. I intend to make this bread tomorrow or friday while I’m off. Awesome blog.

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12 Carrie May 19, 2010 at 7:23 pm

Cute new layout! I made the blackberry cupcakes for my birthday…very yummy!

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13 ashley May 20, 2010 at 9:00 am

LOVE the new layout! (fyi the header/layout is big/wide for me as well).

i’ll have to try these baguettes!

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14 Mary May 22, 2010 at 9:25 am

This is a great loaf of bread. This is mt first visit to your site. I had planned only to say hello before being lured by your earlier post. I stayed here much longer than I should. I really like your recipes and will be back as often as I can. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

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15 peabody May 22, 2010 at 10:38 pm

Those look lovely…can’t resist bread.

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16 Michelle @ Turning Over a New Leaf July 2, 2010 at 4:39 pm

I am so making this. Tomorrow.

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