So my question is, can I produce anything close to this in my home oven? Any word of wisdom will do. I've read your posts on pizza, so now perhaps a thread on bread.
Dear Marty, you asked, "Can I produce anything close to this in my home oven?" I would assume it depends on how good your home oven is. I have not yet tried baking baguettes in a home oven, so I am not sure. But, as a matter of opinion, I can tell you that you need "steam" inside the oven in order to procure great results. The way I generate steam in my wood-fired oven is by spraying water inside the chamber. Member Wheelman (Bill) has been making beautiful baguettes in his home gas oven. He injects steam inside his oven by using a pressure cooker. Some home bakers place inside their ovens a metal tray containing water.
Similar to Neapolitan pizza, good baguette needs the right dough and skillful hands, in addition to a suitable oven.
I have been thinking about buying an electric bread oven by Rofco (http://rofco.be/ovens_EN.html
). They are built in Belgium. I have heard good reviews on the product. They are sold at the following website:http://www.pleasanthillgrain.com/stone_oven_artisan_electric_stone_hearth_bread_baking.aspx
You can see how the oven performs in the following youtube video:
Have a great weekend!