I try to bake baguette. But my oven just on bottom element on bake position. Is that reason why I ruined my baguettes? Please advise me the right way to baking bread.

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    Can you describe the results, and how the result different from what you were expecting? Also, did you sufficiently pre-heat the oven, did you have any form of thermal mass in there (bricks, cast iron pans, etc.) to store & radiate heat, and did you add any water for steam generation? – Joe Apr 18 at 2:22
  • Many people have ovens with just the bottom element heating up during baking and their breads come out fine. If your baguettes are ruined it's not because of the design of the oven. Baguettes are one of the most difficult breads to bake so they can be ruined for myriad reasons. – aris Apr 18 at 21:49
  • We also need more information on how they are ruined -- burned, underbaked, didn't rise, something else? :) – Erica Apr 21 at 20:47

Since you mention your oven has only a bottom heating element and you have ruined baguettes when baking them, I'll take a guess that your problem is that the bottoms of the loaves are too dark, but also suggest some general baguette baking guidelines.

First, if the bottoms of your loaves are in fact too dark, bake them in a higher position in the oven, moving the baking rack if necessary.

A baking temperature of 400F/200C works well; heated fully before inserting the bread.

The oven should be steamy for the first 15 minutes or so of baking. If your oven does not have steam injectors, this can be accomplished by adding 1/2 cup or 150ml of water into the oven (I generally just splash it on the bottom after sliding in the bread) then opening the door for 30 seconds after about 15 minutes.

A baking stone (or improvised alternative such as bricks) that has been pre-heated and onto which the baking pan is placed, will help keep the heat more even, however I've found this to affect the results only very slightly.

Please provide more details about how the baguette has been ruined and we may be able to give you a better answer.

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