The idea of my formula came from bethesdakers
’ Butternut Squash & Sunflower Seed Baguette
. One comment to his post mentioned about sundried tomatoes and I thought to myself, hmmm… chilies and sundried tomatoes, I love it! The chilies would give it an extra kick and make this baguette a big more interesting. I used Bird’s eye chilies (pictured below); they are dynamites; so if you want to try this formula, use the chilies sparingly unless you love the heat.
My daughter took a bite of this baguette and immediately she said, “Mum, it tastes like Italy!”
I aimed for an overall hydration of 73 – 74% and towards that end, about 50% of the roasted butternut pumpkin was taken into account as hydration. With this level of hydration, I was going for nice open crumb rather than nice “grigne”on slashes.
- 320 g starter @75% hydration
- 720 g bread flour
- 370 g water (divided into 150 g and 220 g)
- 260 g roasted butternut pumpkin puree (roasted with chopped up chilies and 2 tbsp of oil and salt and pepper to taste, then pureed with 150 g of the formula water and 30 g honey; let cool for use)
- 3 Bird’s eye chilies, chopped
- 85 g sundried tomatoes, chopped
- 80 g pepitas, lightly roasted
- 18 g salt
Break up the starter with 220 g of the formula water. Then, mix in flour, salt and pumpkin puree thoroughly. Transfer the messy dough to an oiled mixing bowl and autolyse for 30 – 45 minutes. Stretch and fold the dough in the mixing bowl (about 30 – 40 strokes). Let stand for another 30 – 45 minutes, then fold in chopped sundried tomatoes and pepitas by way of gently stretching and folding the mixture in the bowl. Then, proceed as you would normal baguettes.
A very slight hint of chili with sundried tomatoes is a great fit. Roasted pepitas add to the nutty fragrance. I serve the baguette with Yoghurt cheese balls marinated in chilies, garlic and rosemary. And once again, yoghurt and the heat of chili balance out.
[b]Baguette served with Yoghurt Cheese Balls marinated in chilies, and [/b]
[b]Chili Peppers filled with feta and basil[/b]