Carcassonne baguette recipe from Hairy Bikers

Carcassonne baguette recipe from Hairy Bikers

The Hairy Bikers Big Book of Baking (Orion Books, 2012, ISBN 978-0-297-86326-7) has some interesting bread recipes including the baguette recipe from a bakery in Carcassonne, the famous medieval ‘walled city’ in southern France.

Enough of the travelogue… Si King and Dave Myers do know their stuff and so we can trust that they have checked the details, but the recipe as printed calls for 50% hydration (not my typo!), more yeast than I would go for, and approx 0.5% salt.

Has anyone else come across this? Could a 50% hydration work? I am tempted to try it out just to see what happens, but I would expect to have to add more water.

Source: Fresh Loaf