This recipe for twisted baguettes is quite similar to our recipe for one of the best baguettes from France that we already shared with you 2 months ago.

The big difference this time is that you don’t have to shape the baguettes the classic way, which needs some practice. Instead you will just have to twist them. This saves some time, but the taste is going to be as good as in the other recipe.

Furthermore these baguettes are going to be about 30% bigger 😉

Things to know before you start

Time Schedule

StepsWork timeWaiting time
Mix~15 minutes
Bulk FermentationStretch & Fold~15 minutes49 hours
Shape~10 minutes
Proof30 minutes
Score~5 minutes
Bake~5 minutes25 minutes
Cool15 minutes

Even these twsited baguettes need about 51 hours before you can finally eat them, waiting that long is really worth it. The long bulk fermentation of 48 hours is needed to develop an incredible taste.

Total ingredients

WeightIngredient
385 gAll-purpose flour
95 gFirst clear flour
9 gSalt
2,6 gSugar
3 gYeast – Fresh
320 gWater

You will have a dough of about 814,6 g in total, suitable for 3 baguettes.

Difficulty

Compared to our one of the best baguettes from France recipe this one is simple.

You won’t have to shape the baguettes and proof in a bakers couche. Instead you will just need to twist them and proof on parchment paper.

Baking tools

Nothing special is needed, but a rectangular non-reactive container can come in handy for the bulk fermentation phase.  Besides that you can have a look in our should have baking tools overview for some baking helpers.

Steps

1. Mix

WeightIngredient
385 gAll-purpose flour
95 gFirst clear flour
9 gSalt
2,6 gSugar
3 gYeast – Fresh
320 gWater – Luke warm
  • Mix all of the mentioned ingredients together in a stand mixer for 2 minutes on speed one and 6 minutes on speed two
  • The dough should be elastic and smooth
  • It is also perfectly fine to mix all ingredients by hand for about 15 minutes

2. Bulk Fermentation, Stretch & Fold

  • Cover the dough and let it rest for a total of 60 minutes at 24°C (75,2°F)
  • During that time stretch & fold the dough every 20 minutes (3 times in total)
  • Afterwards put the dough in a rectangular non-reactive container (other non-reactive containers are also fine)
  • Store sealed in the refrigerator at 4-6°C (39,2-42,8°F) for 48 hours

3. Shape

  • Place the dough on a floured surface by flipping the container with the dough upside down
  • Divide into 3 even pieces
  • Grab both ends and twist them 2 to 3 times with the left hand in one direction and with the right hand in the other direction
  • If you want to, you can gently shape the ends to cones

4. Proof

  • Cover a pizza peel with parchment paper
  • Gently put the baguettes on the pizza peel
  • Add some flour on top of the doughs
  • Cover them with a clean kitchen towel
  • Let them proof for 30 minutes at 24°C (74,2°F)

5. Score

  • Take your bread lame and score four times (about 2 cm deep) in an angle of 35 to 40 degrees diagonally from left to right
  • The cuts should overlap at about 30% prior to the previous cut
  • Checkout the following short video on how you should score the baguettes from another recipe of us:
  • In the following picture you can see the difference between twisting and scoring (top one) the baguette and only twisting it (bottom one):

6. Bake

  • Preheat oven for ~45 minutes on 250°C (482°F) with the upper and lower heat function
  • Put all three baguettes in the oven at the same time, create steam and bake for 25 minutes
  • After 10 minutes lower the temperature to 220°C (428°F), let the steam out by opening the oven door for ~45 seconds and close it again

7. Cool

  • Let your baguettes cool for about 15 minutes on some kind of grid

Conclusion

Crust

The crust of these twisted baguettes gives a loud crunch when you bite into it.

Crumb

The crumb is so fluffy with big and irregular pores. They are perfect for being filled with marmalade!

Taste

This baguette has such a good and strong taste. This is due to the long fermentation time that lets the dough develop it’s full power and flavour. As you know, good things always take their time!

Goes good with

We had these baguettes as an addition for a birthday barbecue.

All the guests loved them and combined them with different dips, butter and salt or cheese. Some of them even combined the baguettes with ketchup and it still tasted fantastic! Just go ahead and try it out for yourself – there are no limits!

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