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Dwayne's picture

Poilane-Style Miche from BBA

Well I was able to cross off a long standing item on my to-bake list with this Miche from The Bread Baker's Apprentice.


I followed the instructions very closely.  I used half Whole Wheat Flour and half Bread Flour.  It has been cool here so I did not have to refrigerate the starter overnight, I just left it on the counter.  The recipe calls for 18 to 22 ounces of water and I used about 20.  Next time I would go with 22 ounces to make the bread a bit less stiff and open up the holes in the crumb more.  My times matched those in the book very closely.


Dough turned out onto some parchment paper.  I used half Rice Flour and and half AP Flour for dusting the couch.  There was no sticking.

Slashing was done with a razor blade on a coffee stirrer.

I got some very nice oven spring during the baking of this loaf.

Crumb was a little tight.


The flavor was great the day after bake.  I will have to see how the flavor develops over the next day or two.  The Dough weighted 2100 grams and the baked weight was 1892 grams (about 10% weight loss).




GrapevineTexas's picture

I love the BBA; and I LOVE your miche!

JamesKirk's picture

Very nice going Dwayne! I just received my copy of The BBA and have started reading the intro. Of course, not peaking deeper is impossible! Lovely pics, too. Keep it up!

Dwayne's picture

I asked for recommendations of what to bake from BBA.  My favorite was the Focaccia.  Here are the recommendations: Bagels, Ciabatta, Cinnamon Raisin Walnut Bread, Italian Bread, Multigrain Bread Extrordinaire, Pain a l'Ancienne, Pane Siciliano, Pizza Napoletana, Potato Rosemary Bread, and Vienna Bread.


Happy Baking, Dwayne

hanseata's picture

I should give the Miche a try again, too.

Happy New Year,


suzyr's picture

This makes me happy to see this, Thank you for posting. It is so gorgeous and the taste is stellar..

Maybe I will be able to bake this bread in 2012..

Syd's picture

That is an awesome looking miche. I love the profile. Such height! Perfect caramelisation of the crust and the scoring and crumb are spot on.

Mebake's picture

Wow! its a beauty to look at, Dwayne! Well done!


varda's picture

Great baking!  -Varda

ehanner's picture

A beautiful example of this bread. A great way to start the year.


SylviaH's picture

What an impressive miche : )  just lovely!


breadsong's picture

That is one gorgeous miche!
:^) from breadsong

FaithHope's picture

Man, that is so sweet!!!!  Looks just like the pictures in BBA!!!

Good job! Totally awesome!! :)

Dwayne's picture

Thanks for everyone kind words.  It was a fun bread to bake and I have enjoyed eating it as well.  I have not noticed much change over the few days since the bake.  I thought that I would post a few more p[ictures for people to see.

View from the top

I really liked the color of the crust.

Close crumb shot.