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The best way to freeze and thaw baguette

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The best way to freeze and thaw baguette

You'll recognize a good baguette by its signature deep-golden crust, and it's chewy, soft interior. For all its perfection when it comes to texture, it does have one major flaw: it's really only at its best if enjoyed on the day it's made and purchased. If you're lucky -- and not a purist! -- you may get another half day out of it, but that's really the most you'll ever get out of a fresh baguette. how to freeze baguette My solution? Given that my love for baguette knows no bounds (blame it on me being French!) I like to always have some on hand, but I rarely get around to finishing an entire baguette in the span of a day. For those times, I simply freeze leftovers to be enjoyed later. You can also purchase a baguette with the intent of freezing it so you know you'll always have some readily available for later. Here's how to do it! To freeze your baguette, cut it in half crosswise and tightly wrap in aluminum foil. The fresher the baguette the better the results so if you can score a warm-from-the-oven baguette from the store, do so! To thaw, preheat your oven to 450F. Once its reached that temperature, turn your oven off, and bake the unwrapped bread in the oven until it is thawed, which takes about 12 minutes ( depending on the size of your bread). Photography by Jennifer Bartoli
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The best way to freeze and thaw baguette

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