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Old 10-24-2007, 06:38 AM
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hello everybody!

In baking the baguette, do I use the couche just for rising the dough or is this cloth also transferred into the oven also?

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Old 10-24-2007, 07:58 AM
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The bread is usually transfered onto a peel, docked (sliced with a razor) and baked directly on the hearth (without the cloth).

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Old 10-24-2007, 09:36 AM
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drake,
thanks. it must have sounded like a silly question.
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Old 10-24-2007, 09:54 AM
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Old 10-24-2007, 11:21 AM
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You need to have a board as long as the baguette, actually a little longer to transfer the dough to the peal. At first a stiff piece of cardboard will work ( but doesnt last long). It also helps if you are making them traditional length to have a longer peel. Putting them at an angle on a smaller peel makes the transition to the hearth very difficult and you will quickly get frustrated as well as have crooked sticks. Be sure to add plenty of cornmeal to the peel prior to transferring since the loaf is longer you need to have it nice and loose and pull back in one smooth motion...this will take practice. The worse that will happen on your first few is that the loaf will be longer than it started out to be..no biggie. Don't be afraid to make the series of slashes, this too will deform the loaves till you get the hang of it. The proper slash should be as if you are skinning the dough slightly above the surface not a down ward slash..this also takes some practice but is essential to keeping the stick uniform. good luck post some pics...
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Old 11-07-2007, 04:08 AM
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thanks everybody! I was not able to post some pics because when I made the bread I got into stomach problems after eating it. whew, It looked good, tasted just okay, really bad for my stomach. I threw it out right away. I'll use filtered water next time. But I made progress with that last try because it was the best oven spring I have achieved yet. sorry for no pics. next time I will definitely post.
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Old 03-19-2008, 05:47 PM
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okay! here are the pics! finally, something that looks like a baguette!

I did, however, did not have much luck with the couche method. I had great trouble transferring the baguettes to the peel and into the oven. The baguettes I did today were made with perforated sheet pans. Tastes good, though not an authentic french bread recipe. I put 5 % butter to make it more tender.

Baked at 500F for 12 to 12.5 mins. with steam for the first 6 mins - 8 mins.
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Old 03-19-2008, 07:22 PM
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Kulas
You should check out TMB baking website...they have something called a flipping board that will help with the transfer
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P.S. GREAT job on the baguettes!
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Old 03-20-2008, 06:22 AM
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Kulas,

Nice looking bags, congratulations. A few things about a couche that may help:

1. Flour the fabric well and rub it into the weave with a flat palm. It will perform best after a few uses.

2. Try to find a long (10 inch blade), thin (1 1/2 inch wide), flexible spatula, sometimes called an icing spatula to slide under the loaves and then transfer to the board or peel. Just stick it in a bag of flour each time you use it to coat the blade a bit. I find it helps.

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Old 03-20-2008, 12:52 PM
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Hey Jim,
DO you ever wash your material used for making a couche? (I forget what the thing is called). I occasionally spray my loaves with oil, and the material gets a bit yucky a few weeks later. I tried washing mine that I got from King Arthur Flour, but it came apart a bit in the washer.
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