Wine and Cheese Baguettes- A Favorite bread

BY HELEN S. FLETCHER, ON
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Finished BaguettesWine and Cheese Baguettes are one of my all time favorite breads. This bread couldn’t be easier to make with the help of a food processor.  However, alternate instructions are given for the mixer.

While, gorgeous to look at this bread actually tastes of the white wine and swiss cheese. It has an almost silken texture and between my husband and myself, we could easily polish off both loaves in one sitting.  Due to the cheese and wine, this bread is a slow riser so plan accordingly.  However, after the initial rise, the dough may be refrigerated and shaped and baked the following day if that is more convenient.

This originally was posted in my other blog, www.theardentcook.com.

For an indepth  article regarding yeast, please see Yeast As It Relates to Bread.

Wine and Cheese BaguetteIngredients
1 package active dry yeast 
1/4 cup warm water (90 to 100 degrees)
3 1/4 cups bread flour (454 grams or 1 pound)
1 teaspoon salt
3 ounces swiss cheese, cut into 1/2 inch cubes
1/2 cup dry white wine (I usually use Chardonnay)
1/2  cup water
1 egg white

Dissolve yeast in water. Yeast dissolvedSet aside.

Place the flour and salt in the food processor.  Add the cheese to the bowl Cheese in processorand process until the cheese is indistinguishable.Cheese in processor grated

Combine the wine and water.  With the processor running, pour the liquid down the feed tube Yeast pouring down feed tubeand process until a ball forms.  Dough Balled upProcess for about 30 seconds to knead.  If the dough does not seem uniformly smooth and elastic, divide into about 4 pieces, replace in the processor and process for about 15 seconds more.

Take a small piece of dough and check for the windowpane effect by stretching the dough gently until the dough becomes transparent.  This will tell you it has been kneaded enough.  If the dough tears before becoming transparent, replace it in the food processor and process for 10 to 15 seconds more.

Windowpane
Place in a greased bowl, turn to grease the top, cover with film, mark the time andDough covered and marked let rise until doubled in a warm place for about 2 hours.Risen dough

Punch down. Dough punched downIt can be shaped immediately or refrigerated and finished the next day.

To finish shaping, divide the dough in half (about 400 grams or 14 ounces each) andDough cut in half

pat the dough out to slightly less than the length of the pan.

Patting dough out Shape into baguettes by rolling up jelly roll style.  Rolling up

Pinch the seam shut.Pinching seam shut

Dough shaped Place in French bread molds or on a lined baking sheet stretching slightly to fill mold if necessary. Dough stretched out in panCover and let rise for about 1 1/2 hours or until doubled.Baguettes risen

Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  Beat the egg white with a fork until foamy.  Egg whiteBrush the risen baguettes with the egg white.  Brushing with egg whiteMake diagonal slashes and Slashingbake for 25 to 30 minutes until deep brown.

Cool completely.  Enjoy a unusual bread combination that is certainly one of my favorites.

Finished photo, cut

Mixer Instructions
Fit the mixer bowl with a dough hook.

Proceed as directed up to the point where you place the flour in the processor bowl. Instead of the processor bowl, put in into a mixing bowl.  Combine the water and yeast and pour it over the dry ingredients.  Mix on low until the ingredients come together; then raise to medium an beat for 4 minutes.  Use the windowpane to check for gluten development.  Shape and bake as instructed above.

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5 thoughts on “Wine and Cheese Baguettes- A Favorite bread

  1. Kim

    I get great satisfaction from making yeast breads and I’ve never heard of this combo. I will definitely be trying it this fall. Thanks Helen.

  2. Mary Soucy

    Oh my goodness, this is a “must make!” I love Swiss Cheese and this would be an especially wonderful way to experience it. I can’t imagine a better first time baguette, then this. Thank you for sharing!

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