Advantages Low price, convenient solution for time pressed lovers of fresh, warm bread
Disadvantages Once opened, you need to use both loaves within 48 hours.
I love making bread but one type I haven't yet mastered is French style bread. I love the taste, especially when the bread is warm and fresh from the oven. Sometimes I have time to go to the supermarket or bakers and buy a fresh baguette, but more often than not I decide at the last minute that one would have been a nice part of the lunch I have just made. So I was interested to see that of the supermarkets sell partially baked bread such as baguettes which you can finish cooking at home when you want them. I have now tried several brands, but the one I am reviewing today is the one that I think gives the best value for money - Sainsbury's Basic twin pack of white baguettes.
When they come out of the packet, the loaves look very pale, but as they are only partially cooked, this doesn't put me off. They obviously also feel soft to touch, but it isn't like handling dough. It isn't sticky or messy in your hands and you don't need to shape it in any way. The instructions are very simple, and just require you to put the baguettes on a baking tray in the middle of the oven for the required time. The cooking time is very fast - 8-10 minutes is suggested, but I find that 8 is ample. This means they are easy to get ready while I am re-heating soup or making some sandwich fillings. I usually turn them over when there is just a couple of minutes of cooking time remaining in order to help get an even golden colour, but you don't have to. If I forget, the top just looks a bit darker than the base. I would keep an eye on them the first time you bake them as they do colour up quite quickly towards the end of cooking and you could over cook them easily by leaving them a few minutes too long. I did this the first time I baked them, which is why I now cook them for 8 minutes only.
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