Involving Pat in all cooking/baking activities that happen in our kitchen, is the key to success for a quiet afternoon/evening. He loves to help me with whatever I am doing, and of course, what he likes more, is to taste every single dish I prepare. He is a very bad eater, as he refuses to eat almost everything this period of time (mainly because of his teeth coming out), however, if he cooks with me, and sees how the food is prepared, he will eat that food. So, I get two benefits out of cooking or baking with my son: quiet time (pretty much) plus he gets to eat the food afterwards.
Here goes a recipe of a French baguette we tried over the weekend. I have not used my standalone mixer, nor our bread machine this time, because Luke was sleeping and we did not want to make too much noise to wake him up. Instead, we decided to prepare him a surprise breakfast that involved French baguettes and an omelette with peppers and spring onions.
17 ounces of white flour
3.4 fl oz of milk
5 fl oz of warm water
1.7 ounces of fresh yeast
1.7 fl oz of olive oil
Pinch of salt
1 tablespoon of sugar
- Pour the milk into the warm water. Into a bowl, mix the fresh yeast with 1 tablespoon of sugar, half of the quantity of the flour, and the milk and water mixture.
- Leave it to proof for 30 minutes, covering the bowl with a dry towel.
- Next, pour the rest of the flour into the mix, and form a dough. Leave it to proof for 1 hour.
- Sprinkle some flour on the kitchen table and form the baguettes. We got two baguettes.
- For a better look, you could add a beaten egg on top of the baguettes.
- Put the baguettes in the oven at 380 F for about 1 hour or until golden brown.
- Take them out once they are ready and leave them to cool on a rack for 30 minutes until they are ready to be served.
Pat is mixing the dry ingredients and the honey
The first mix is ready to proof for 30 minutes
I told Pat that the dough needed to take a nap and he decided to join in!
Pat is doing the “quality check” – I got an OK!
Preparing the baguettes to be baked- the nicest one of course it’s Pats.
The final product 🙂