A few weeks ago I decided to make some bread for my lunch (I’d bring the bread with some deli meat and sliced cheese – very European I know).  I decided to just make two boules and bring one for a co-worker who has asked for me to bring some bread for her previously (little did I know that she’d be out sick).  I went back and found an old recipe and tweaked it slightly.

Ingredients:

Preferment:

  • 350 g bread flour
  • 364 g water
  • 3 g yeast

Remaining ingredients

  • 350 g bread flour
  • 266 g water
  • 14 g salt

I mixed up the preferment and let it sit for about 30 minutes.  I then added that to the remaining ingredients above.  I mixed these up thoroughly and then let it sit for the water to absorb before I kneaded it.

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I then proceeded to knead it for approximately 15 minutes until it was relatively smooth and I could do the “window” test – not perfectly but close enough.  I then set it in a bowl, covered it and used the proof setting on the oven to allow it to rise (double in size).

I pulled the dough out, did the knead and fold method a few times with 30 minutes in between before dividing the dough into 2.

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I formed the dough into a ball and then placed it into a well floured kitchen towel inside of a bowl (one round and one square). I let the dough rise again until I could press down on the dough with my thumb and it would only spring back halfway (since it was warm, this only took about 45 minutes).  I pre-heated the oven to 425 F while the dough was rising.  I then placed each of the dough balls onto some parchment paper and made some cuts through the top.

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I have a pizza steel I use and placed the dough on it and sprayed water into the oven.  I repeated the spray after 10 minutes and reduce the temperature to 400 F.

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I don’t remember exactly how long I cooked them for but I think it was in the 25-30 minute range (internal temperature was 198 F).

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They came out looking pretty good.  I ended up giving one of the boules to my other co-worker who hadn’t called out sick.  The crumb turned out pretty good as well.

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Today I decided to just make one boule for my lunches for the week.  I followed the same basic steps above.  I did make this one with some wheat flour thrown in.

Ingredients:

  • 300 g bread flour
  • 200 g wheat flour
  • 360 g warm water
  • 1 tsp active dry yeast
  • 12 g salt
  • The only difference was that I put the risen dough into a preheated dutch oven (at 450 F).  I left it covered in the dutch oven for the first 10 minutes then removed the lid and dropped it to 390 F for an additional 25 minutes.  I haven’t cut into it yet so don’t know the crumb but it looked good from the outside.

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-StewsCat

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