I attempted making bread for the first time, and tried this baguette recipe, as it looked simple enough. I followed all the steps, the only thing I did differently is that I halved the recipe so that I'd end up with just two baguettes.
I thought everything was going pretty well, but once I put them in the oven and took them out, I had these two stumps. Size wize, I don't mind too much, but the bread inside wasn't what I was expecting. The bread outside wasn't crispy and flaky like typical french bread but was just hard. The insides were soft, but were very dense not airy.
What do you think happened?
not enough kneading/mixing? (I did it all by hand)
size of the bread, pre-baking?
I can't imagine that this is what it's supposed to be like. Anybody have any ideas?
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