Chilean Marraqueta Bread Recipe
Chilean Marraqueta Bread Recipe

A classic of national bakery and a favorite of many, Chilean marraqueta bread, also known as “pan batido” or “pan francés” depending on the region of the country, has a century-old history that only reaffirms its popularity, as today its production accounts for 70% of daily bread consumption throughout the country.

How to make Chilean Marraquetas?

Marraqueta is characterized by being a light bread made only from flour, water, and yeast, without fat, similar to the French baguette or the Spanish barra, with a crunchy texture and a rather neutral flavor.

Nutritional Information

Category: Breads
Cuisine: Chilean
Calories: 300
Preparation: 90 minutes
Cooking: 30 minutes
Servings: 6 people

Recipe for Marraqueta bread

Ingredients

  • 1 kg of flour
  • 600 ml of lukewarm water
  • 20 g of salt (3 teaspoons)
  • 15 g of dry yeast (2 tablespoons)
  • 7 g of sugar (1 teaspoon)

Preparation

  1. Add some warm water to a large cup, add 15 grams of dry yeast or 45 grams of fresh yeast, sugar, stir to dissolve, and let it rest for 10 minutes in a warm place.
  2. In a large bowl, sift the flour and salt, make a well in the center, and add the yeast mixture and the remaining water. Mix everything with your hands or a wooden spoon until you get a uniform, smooth, and semi-soft mixture, knead for about 10 minutes, and transfer the dough to a greased bowl. Cover with a clean cloth and let it ferment (rise) for about 30 minutes.
  3. Divide the dough into portions of approximately 100 grams each, roll each piece into a ball with the palm of your hand and gently knead into a circular shape. Place on a clean surface and let them rest covered for another 30 minutes.
  4. Gather two portions of dough and knead gently to give an elongated appearance, divide the dough in half perpendicularly with a long and thin object, giving the classic appearance of a marraqueta bread. Arrange the loaves on a buttered tray, brush with a little oil, and let them rest again for another 30 minutes.
  5. Preheat the oven to about 220°C (428°F) for about 15 minutes. Place the loaves in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes until they are lightly browned on the surface. Remove and cool on a rack.
  6. Serve the marraqueta bread hot or cold, alone, with butter, or with your preferred accompaniment.

Tips for perfect Marraquetas

It is recommended to introduce a container with boiled water in the lower part of the oven during the first 10 minutes of baking, or spray water inside the oven every 3 to 4 minutes to obtain an even crispier marraqueta bread.

Dry and fresh yeast equivalences

How many calories does Marraqueta bread have? To properly define the calories of a marraqueta bread, it is first necessary to establish the portions based on what half of a marraqueta means. Therefore, its calorie content is established as:

Did you know?

Its origin remains a mystery, although the most widespread version is that it would have been developed in Valparaiso by a pair of French immigrant brothers with the last name “Marraquette”, a city where it would have originally become popular and then spread throughout Chile.

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