Summer Entertaining: Multigrain Baguette

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Summer Entertaining 

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Multigrain Baguette

This straightforward technique may be blended early in the morning then baked several hours later for fresh from the oven taste. The bread may be sliced thinly for appetizers or cut into cubes for irresistible summer salads filled with seasonal goodness right from your very own garden. Multigrain breads may consist of a combination of ingredients ranging from oats, whole wheat & rye flours to seeds such as chia, poppy, flax & quinoa just to name a few. Expect the texture of these breads to be a smidgen chewier & a tad more dense. The flavor of this particular bread is wonderful with goat cheese & feta while it adds heartiness to many summertime meatless lunch & dinner dishes. Learn how to make two baguettes ideal for appetizers & salad applications.

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Multigrain Baguette
makes 2 {16-ounce} loaves

3 cups bread flour
3/4 cup whole wheat flour
1/3 cup ground flax
1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
3/4 tsp active dry yeast
2 cups water

Whisk together the bread flour, the whole wheat flour, the flax, the salt & the yeast in a large bowl. Stir in the water until blended. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap. Let stand at room temperature 5 to 6 hours. 

Sprinkle 1/4 cup bread flour over a bread board then sprinkle 2 Tbsp over the dough in the bowl. Using a rubber spatula, shimmy the flour between the bowl edges & transfer it to the surface. Divide the dough in half with bench scraper. Working with one piece at time, shape the dough into an oval, then flatten it pressing out any excessive bubbles. Fold the top piece of the dough to the center & press it down. Fold the bottom piece to the center & press it down while creating a seam where the two portions of dough meet. Pinch the dough to seal the seam. Flip the shaped dough over. Starting in the center, gently rock it back & forth to the outer edges to create a 14 to 16-inch long baguette. Once at each end, pinch them to create well defined points. Place the shaped dough on one side of a parchment paper-lined half sheet pan. Repeat the procedure with the remaining piece of dough. Cover the dough loosely with plastic wrap. Allow to rise 20 minutes or while the oven is being prepared. 

Position one rack on the lowest position in the oven. Place a 13 x 9-inch baking pan filled 2/3 full with water on the rack. Position a second rack directly above it. Place two inverted cast iron skillets directly on the rack. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Slash the dough surface using a sharp paring knife or a new razor blade several times down the length of the shape to create a decorative pattern. Once the timer signals, place the sheet pan directly over the inverted cast iron skillets. Add 1/2 cup ice to the pan of water. Quickly close the oven door. Bake 15 minutes. Rotate the half sheet pan & add 1/2 cup ice cubes to the pan of water. Quickly close the oven door. Bake an additional 15 to 20 minutes or until the bread sounds hollow when tapped or registers at least 200 degrees. Remove the bread from oven. Cool completely before slicing.

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How To Entertain With Multigrain Baguettes

This dough is extremely sticky. Add additional bread flour whilst working & shaping it for the best results. Multigrain Baguettes may be prepared ahead, then cut it into slices & tucked away in zip top bags in the freezer. Simply remove the amount needed & allow the bread to thaw on the countertop.

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Multigrain Baguettes may be used in many ways when simple summer meals are desired & is delicious with Fresh Herb Goat Cheese & Tomatoes. For pointers on how to make the bread, it uses a similar technique to Rustic Batards so be sure to reference the images, if necessary. The bread may be sliced & served with charcuterie, cheeses, vegetable combinations & so much more. Toast the bread & wonderfully good-for-you crostini make a quick starter. Be certain to have this bread on hand for effortless entertaining.

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