"Recipes are meant to be shared"...Ann Thibeault

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Cranberry and Pistachio Baguettes

Moe requested that I add some fruit to the next batch of bread.
First thing that came to mind was this Cranberry and Pistachio bread that
I hadn't made recently.

And Moe agreed to shell the pistachios.

I started the dough Tuesday night so that it would have an
overnight rise in the fridge.

1000g high protein bread flour
680g water (68% hydration)
4g yeast
24g salt 
(The pistachios were salted so I reduced the salt from the 26g to 27g I would normally use.)
Dried Cranberries
Shelled Pistachios

The dough was hand-mixed using  two 30 minute autolyze resting periods  and the pinch, stretch and fold method.

After the initial pinch and folds, 
I did three more stretch and folds in the first hour.

This is what it looked like after the last fold, 

ready to go into the fridge for the night.

I took the dough out of the fridge before
4:30AM and left it on the counter to warm up.

I went back to bed.

It had more than doubled overnight.

And looked like this.

By 6:30 AM the dough had almost tripled and was
ready to shape.

The pistachios and cranberries were added during the shaping.
Four baguettes were covered and left to proof.

Just out of the oven, this bread sang, crackling as the crust cracked.

Love that song.

I sliced the bread before it had completely cooled because Moe couldn't wait any longer.


  1. Is that gorgeous or what?:)

    Ann..we buy our pistachios shelled now at Costco..Dr Oz mentioned..checking the price shelled vs unshelled..More bang for our buck shelled..and so easy on the nails:)
    Your bread is the diva of all breads.

    1. Thanks Monique. I just happened to be in one of the grocery stores that doesn't carry shelled pistachios so I had to buy them in the shell. I will look for them the next time I'm at Costco.

    2. Walmart and Target carry the shelled pistachios and are much cheaper!! That's where I buy mine same brand. I am trying this recipe. I have been looking for one since eating the bread at HEB grocery in Texas. I tried the no knead method but it was so tough and chewy on the outside. Thanks so much for sharing. I am going to knead just like you did! Can't wait to let you know. I love this type bread. My fave ingredients!

  2. Replies
    1. Patty, I think he would feel more lucky if I would make him raisin bread. But he knows that isn't likely to happen since I hate raisins.

  3. And I thought it could not get better. Of all the sites I read/view you are the best bread baker out there. Thanks for adding a little more detail each time. I am trying very hard to emulate your technique.


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