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These baguettes feature a blend of fruit, nuts, and the distinctive licorice taste of fennel. Leave out the fennel if you like, but it really does lend a mild but interesting flavor to these loaves.
Follow our step-by-step photos for making these baguettes at our blog, Flourish.
1 cup King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1/4 cup rye flour (white, medium, or pumpernickel) or King Arthur 100% White Whole Wheat Flour
1 1/4 cups water
1/4 teaspoon instant yeast
Mix together, cover, and set aside to rest for 12 to 24 hours at room temperature; the longer you let it sit, the more of a tang your bread will have.
all of the sponge
2 cups King Arthur Unbleached All-Purpose Flour
1 1/4 teaspoons salt
1/2 teaspoon instant yeast
1 cup toasted, coarsely chopped hazelnuts
3/4 cup golden raisins
1 tablespoon fennel seeds, lightly toasted (optional)
Mix and knead together the sponge, flour, salt, and yeast for 8 to 10 minutes, until the dough becomes smooth and elastic. Add the hazelnuts, raisins and fennel seeds, kneading until everything is evenly incorporated. Place in a greased bowl, cover, and allow to rise for 1 to 1 1/2 hours, till nearly doubled in bulk.
Gently deflate the dough, and divide it in half. Form it into logs about 10 to 12 inches long, and place them on baking sheets (or in a couche, or in a dough bed). Cover, and let rise for 1 hour.
If baking on a stone: Preheat the oven and stone for 30 minutes at 475°F. Just before placing the loaves in the oven, cut three or four diagonal slices down the center of each, and spritz with water. Place the loaves on the stone, then reduce the oven heat to 375°F. Bake the baguettes for 20 to 24 minutes, until they're medium brown.
If baking on sheet pans: Preheat the oven to 450°F. Prepare the baguettes for the oven as directed above, and bake for 10 minutes. Reduce the oven heat to 375°F and continue baking for an additional 10 to 12 minutes. Yield: 2 loaves, 18 servings.
Nutrition per serving (2 slices, 48g): 140 cal, 4.5g fat, 4g protein, 22g total carbohydrate, 5g sugar, 1g dietary fiber, 0mg cholesterol, 160mg sodium.