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What, pray tell, is a miche?

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Frequent Flyer

What, pray tell, is a miche?

I see them all over the board but I can't tell if the word is referring to a shape, a size or a general recipe.

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Mini Oven

They can also be small but the best ones weigh more than 2kg and 4 kg.  Usually have a final proof in a banneton or Brotform to help it maintain its shape in the oven during oven spring.  It is more a shape than a specific recipe.


Mini

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Frequent Flyer

I'm trying to picture a 9 lb loaf.  Egad!

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dcbakerman

it is a wonderful sight!

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RiverWalker

an easily findable example of a Miche is the bread on the cover of Bread Bakers Apprentice.

if the assumed in-book picture-to-recipe correlation is accurate, the cover picture loaf is called "Poilane-Style Miche" and involves:
9 cups of flour, plus 1c of Barm.
4 hours bulk rise,
2-3 hours second rise.
and over an hour of baking time, at over 400f.

crazy huge...

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Mini Oven

from the local bakery for a week trip.  One pre sliced.  There is a machine in the back that can handle it easy!   3 kg is 6.6 lbs.  That's just the rye!


Beautiful!