Vietnamese Banh Mi Baguettes

Baguette for Banh Mi

Baguette for Banh Mi

I didn’t realize how much work goes into baking bread. I spent almost 6 hours from start to finish, making baguettes for Vietnamese Banh Mi sandwiches. Most of that time was spent waiting on the dough. If reincarnation exists, I would like to come back as bread dough. You get massaged, caressed, and allowed to sit and relax. That is certainly the life!

Will I make bread again? Yes, but only if I have time to burn. For now, I will stick to buying bread at the grocery store or bakery. I’m glad that I gave it a try though. I now have a greater appreciation for bread and a nice recipe to share.

Banh Mi Baguette Recipe:

  • 2 lbs bread flour or all-purpose flour

  • 4 teaspoons dry yeast

  • 2 teaspoons salt

  • 3 cups water (1/4 at lukewarm temperature)

  1. In a small bowl, combine the dry yeast with 1/4 cup lukewarm water

  2. Stir in 3 tablespoons of flour and let it sit for at least 30 minutes

  3. In a mixer bowl, combine the rest of the flour, water and salt

  4. Using a dough hook on your mixer, mix the dough for 5 minutes

  5. Cover the bowl with a towel and let it rest for 30 minutes in a warm place (If you don't have a warm area, you can turn on your oven for 5 minutes, then turn it off. Place the bowl in the now warm oven)

  6. Remove the dough from the bowl and cut into equal pieces (about the size of a tennis ball or 100g)

  7. Let the individual pieces rest for 10 minutes

  8. Flatten each dough piece by banging it on a flat surface three times

  9. Use the side of your palm to shape the dough into an oval shape

  10. Roll the dough up into a log and pinch the seam

  11. Let the dough rest for 45 minutes

  12. Slash each piece with a razor down the center from the top to the end

  13. Preheat oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit

  14. Prior to putting the dough in the oven, spray the hot oven with a few sprits of water

  15. Continue spraying the oven with water every 30 minutes

  16. Bake for 1 to 1.5 hours or until golden brown

Divide the dough into equal parts

Divide the dough into equal parts

Roll out the dough into a log and make a slash down the middle

Roll out the dough into a log and make a slash down the middle