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La boulangerie de l'écové

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mcs

La boulangerie de l'écové

Yet another great bread making video.  Enjoy.

-Mark

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linder

It reminds me of how little mechanization we really need to make good bread.

Linda

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mcs

Yes, very little mechanization and also not much space also.

-Mark

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LindyD

Lots of soul in her bread, Mark.    Love how she holds her lame.   

At the other end of the spectrum is this (no music, appropriately so):

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qTIkYw7N0Vs&feature=youtube_gdata_player

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mcs

Her enthusiasm comes through in her work, that's for sure.  As for the other video...I have to admit, it reminds me a bit of the Everlasting Gobstopper machine from Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (the Gene Wilder version of course). 

-Mark

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grind

Images of Fritz Lang's Metropolis dancing in my head.

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lumos

Absolutely facsinating! Thank you for posting this.   (A bit unnerving she holds the blade between her lips while loading the dough. Wonder how many times she's had a little accident.....:p)

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mcs

...she never has to say to herself, "Now where did I put that blade?"

-Mark

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lumos

I just hope nobody tries to speak to her or suddenly bang her back from behind when she's loading the bread....:p

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Crider

There's another video of an old-school baker in the South of France. He uses his lame exatcly the same way. He also sports a head lamp so he can see inside the oven. Clever.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydvKrQ-z1Ic

I'm amazed at how wide the dough trough is at La boulangerie de l'écové. My back would be killing me!

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dabrownman

ever wondered if real artisan bread was still being made in the world, this video proves that bread is still made totally by hand, without machines and baked in WFO by real artisans whose product is considered the very, very  best - even good enough to be featured in videos by documentary film makers.   This is the very definition of artisan.   What a delight to see a real artisan at play.  She even knows the most efficient place to put her razor blade!   Very inspiring indeed.

Thanks Mark!

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proth5

I've seen a lot of Paris bakeries and they are surprising mostly in their tinyness. I've learned so much about working cleanly and paying attention to good organization by thinking about these microscopic spaces.

Our baker is using an ancient variety of wheat that requires gentle handling - so this may  speak somewhat to her choice of the hand mix - although she drags into work at the late hour of 4AM :>)

I'm also gratified to see that she really only mixes one main dough and creates her variations by mixing in a few ingredients after taking prtions of the almost mixed dough.

"My teacher" tells many stories about time spent as an apprentice with a French baker. (Some are not fit for these pages...) One especially memorable one is that blade were held exactly as the film illustrates.  This is demonstrated often. I was encouraged to do the same, but cited workers comp concerns...

Nice film.  Thanks.

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PaddyL

....is amazing.  That bread has soul in it.  The second one, "untouched by human hands"  has none.

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dabrownman

from my home town of KCMO.  Paul McCcool has blogged favorably about this bakery.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=69DliUMJbeU