My 7 year old has been asking to try the French bread he sees at the supermarket for at least a year now. Try to find a baguette without the "made in a facility...with peanuts and tree nuts" warning--it's like trying to find a needle in a haystack.
I finally decided it was time to try my hand at baking a baguette. A friend of mine gave me a recipe. I bought the bread flour, the yeast and corn meal and set aside today to undertake this baking experiment. It took much longer than I really expected--in total, it took about seven hours, on and off. I succeeded in producing 3 nut-free, peanut-free baguettes in my nut-free, peanut-free kitchen in my nut-free peanut-free house.
I need to learn a few things about slapping and rolling bread dough, because two of the baguettes started to unroll themselves while baking! The third, however, looked close to the way I think baguettes look. The taste was not bad. I have to be honest, I have tasted better baguettes. Still, I was proud of my efforts. I am convinced I can learn to produce any food my son wants to eat, safely. It just might take a few tries!
What did my seven-year old think? Well, I guess I did something right. He happily ate almost an entire baguette by himself.
Gee, I hope I haven't set a precedent....!