I was going to introduce this recipe by telling you how much I love bread. But then I thought that would be silly, mundane at the very least, because really, what’s new?! Or there’s the cliche, ‘who doesn’t love bread?’.
Instead, I’ll tell you a little something that pops into my head every time I see or hear the word, ‘baguettes’. It’s probably really not funny outside of my head but I’ll tell you anyway…
One of my ‘in-between’ jobs before returning to be a student a couple of years ago was in a very beautiful, rural Musical Museum. I had many roles, a housekeeper, instrument cleaner, waitress, barmaid, cake baker, house sitter and dog walker.
The dear owner, a very deaf old man would always come down to the cellar restaurant for his lunch. He had very particular favourites and he loved a baguette. On my trial shift, before I’d even got the job, this sweet old man came up to me, I had no idea who he was (this famous pianist and owner of this awe inspiring museum) and he asked me for a ‘Ragbet’. I asked, a ‘ragbet?’. He just tells me ‘yes, a ragbet,’ and walks away. I remember thinking that I didn’t want to look bad on my trial shift by not knowing what a ragbet was so I looked around, I read the menu over and over, but there was no ragbet. So, reluctantly, I went up to the kitchen and asked the manager, to have the entire team crack up laughing. The poor man just wanted his baguette.
Now, onto the avocado ragbets, ahem, I mean baguettes. They are so quick to make, no long or double rises and what not, and the avocado makes a really moist and soft inside with a crisp outside that just makes the best sandwiches and awesome garlic bread the next day.
Ingredients: Makes 4 mini baguettes
- 125ml/1/2 cup pureed avocado (about 1 medium, make sure it’s really smooth)
- 60ml/1/4 cup warm water
- 7g (1 sachet) active dry yeast
- 1 tbsp unrefined sugar or agave syrup
- 280g/2 cups wholewheat bread flour (I like a malted, seeded flour here)
- 1 tsp sea salt
- In a large bowl, whisk together the avocado, water, sugar or syrup and yeast. Leave it alone for about 10 minutes until foamy. If you are using a stand mixer, you can mix this directly in the mixer bowl.
- Add the flour and salt to the bowl and knead by hand or with a dough hook for about 10 minutes, until smooth and just slightly sticky, but not so that it sticks to your hands.
- Remove the dough from the bowl and divide into four equal portions. Shape into cylindrical baguette shapes, about 5 inches long and place on a lined baking tray, spaced well apart. Slash with a sharp knife and cover with a clean tea towel and let rise for about 20 minutes. Meanwhile preheat the oven to 220’c/425’f.
- Once risen, place the tray in the centre of the oven and bake for about 25 minutes. When ready, the loaves should be golden and the base should sound hollow when knocked with your knuckles.
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What a great story, and how wonderful to hear about your interesting job! This bread sounds divine!
Eve there’ll be lots more random stories when we meet I’m sure!! I love the simplicity of this bread! 🙂
What a cute background story 🙂 I’ve never baked with avocados before and your baguettes look wonderful!
I love baking with avocados! I love to use them in cakes and muffins and all sorts! They add wonderful moisture and fluffiness. I’m glad you liked the story! 🙂
Wow Poppy. I’ve been bread free for a couple months now and these are pulling at my willpower big time. I can just smell the crusty tops coming out of the oven. …yum!!
Think I’ll save this one for a special occasion.
Thanks Angela! Go you on being bread free for a couple of months! I’m on Somer’s Green Smoothie Challenge (longer term to shed some pounds) so have eaten bread only a handful of times over the past few months! I look forward to having these again once my ideal weight is achieved!! 🙂
Great story Poppy. I have never baked with avocado before…actually never heard of it either. Fascinating. Nice to see your blog today!
Hello, nice to hear from you! I have a few recipes using avocado in baking on the blog, cakes and muffins. I love it!
Thanks for coming by 🙂
What a sweet story! Rest assured, it’s funny outside of your head, too.
Thank you so much!! That made me smile 😀
Cute story about the ragbet Poppy! Celeste 🙂
Hehe thanks Celeste! 🙂
I am SO trying this! Thanks!! I am GF so will use stoneground buckwheat and hope for the best 🙂
April I love that you are going to try it! Let me know your results with the buckwheat. It’s a pretty flexible mix, I’ve used various forms of wheat flour with different absorbency and as long as you use your bakers instinct to add more liquid if you feel you need to, I think it should be fine but please do feedback!! xo
I can’t wait to make this, I love avocado and ragbets!
Hehehehe!! I hope you enjoy the ragbets 😉
Oh my goodness, what a wonderful idea! Avocado! I never would have thought of it 🙂
Thanks Caeli! 🙂
I love your recipe! This bread is so healthy, I’m so eager to try it! thanks for sharing 🙂
Thank you so much! I hope you try it and love it 🙂
Beautiful loaves. I’m going to add avocado to the shopping list.
That sounds like a good plan to me 😀
Avocado-bread! That is creative….
Why thank you very much 😀
Ooooo, avocado bread! I’m going to visit my daughter next weekend for Mothers Day. We both are crazy about avos and baking so I think we will have to bake this bread!
Terri, please do! It makes a really soft and moist inside that I just love! I forget Mother’s Day is different over there, I hope you have a really special day Terri 😀
These are beautiful!
Thank you so much Alex! What a lovely thing to say!
This sound wonderful!! Great post, can’t wait to try it.
Thank you! Enjoy 🙂
These look amazing! And the ‘ragbets’ story is just precious. I’ve been wanting to do some experimenting in gluten free bread baking, I might try altering these to see if they can be made gluten free!
Kayse, thank you for your lovely words about the ragbets story!! ❤
Yes, please do some experimenting and feedback! 😀
Avocado in bread…never thought of that. Looks good!
The bread is gorgeous! And the old man sounds like a funny old dear…:-)
Thank you! Hehe, funny old dear indeed!
Ooh, the bread looks so gorgeous! It sounds delicious as well 🙂
Poppy, your bread looks so beautiful and perfect! I can just smell it now. You would never even know there is avocado in there! Do you taste it in the finished product?
Thank you so very much! No you would never know it’s there so it’s a great way to get some healthy fats and vitamins into fussy eaters! You don’t taste it, but it adds a wonderful softness 🙂
I never thought of using avocado in this way, how wonderful and clever x
Thank you Deena! They do magical things in baking! X
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Oh I can just smell these baking!
Yes, they smell nostalgically good!
Simplicity is the key here,…They look just fantastic, Poppy! I will be making them today, for sure! MMMMMMM! x
Thanks Sophie! I’d love to know how you found them 🙂 x
I made them & they were just perfect for me & my husband,..so tasty too, Poppy! x
Fabulous! Thank you Sophie! X
I made these and they are delicious! I had to add more water though as the dough was a little dry.
I’m so excited that you made this recipe! Thanks for the feedback on the water, all flours do vary so I will add a note to add water as needed 🙂
Sounds delicious!! I wouldn’t have thought to bake bread with avocados, but now that I read this, it totally makes sense. Yum!
Thank you! I’m really glad it makes sense to you 🙂
I loved the story Poppy. The bread looks delightful. You are so talented. 😄
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How creative! I am always looking for great vegan baking tips – thanks for sharing! 🙂
My pleasure Steph, thank you|!
I’m mad about avocados so will definitely be giving this a try! 🙂
Fab! I hope you love it!