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Just out of the oven: Baguettes à la ‘Monge’


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The recipe is based on the famous “Baguette Monge” by Eric Kayser from Paris. I increased the hydration to about 64%. In the book, exceptionally low hydrations of about 58% are used for most of the breads. A nod towards the inexperienced home baker?

The flour used in the original recipe is French T65.

Baguette à la ‘Monge’ (Yield: 2 Demi-Baguettes)

  • 220g flour, Type 550
  • 30g flour, Type 1050 (“dark wheat flour”, not whole-wheat)
  • 150g warm water
  • 2.5g fresh yeast
  • 50g liquid levain (hydration: 100%)
  • 5g sea salt

1. Dillute the yeast in the water and let stand for 20 minutes.
2. Add the yeast-water to the levain, mix, then add all remaining ingredients.
3. Knead briefly. Let rest for 10 minutes.
4. By hand, knead the dough for about 5 minutes until it is smooth.
5. Let rest for 20 minutes, cut the dough in half and shape into small rounds.
6. Let rest for 40 minutes.
7. Loosely shape into bâtards, handling the dough lightly. Let rest for 15 minutes.
8. Shape into baguettes and let rest for 1.5 hours.
9. Score and bake at 220°C for 20-25 minutes.

Source: A variation on a recipe by Eric Kayser, published in 100% pain

Stay tuned for more baguette-madness!


Written by theinversecook

22 July 2007 at 16:31

Posted in Bread, Recipe

3 Responses

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  1. Very nice blog! I was fascinated by some of the links provided particularly the french sites. I would like to be able to translate into english and follow their excellent formulas, any ideas?
    Regards, d

    David Aplin

    10 September 2007 at 19:03

  2. @David: Thank you, so was I. I can’t bake right now, but will definitely try some of the French recipes.

    If you need some help beyond a French dictionary, here are three links with glossaries of French baking terms:



    11 September 2007 at 21:10

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