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Vienna Bread, a question

DUe to the recent trend of dutch crumbing bread, I really really want to make the Vienna bread from BBA.   However, my book stayed in Oklahoma and I am having trouble to find the recipe online -  everyone who did the BBA CHallenge agreed on not posting the full recipe, including me... so now I'm in trouble

I don't want to ask anyone to type it out and send me by email because it would be too much work, but if anyone knows of a site with the full recipe, could you point out to me?   I have a horrible timie with google searches and usually get nothing, except frustration and grievances...

Thank you!



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check your messages.

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I think many of us would appreciate the link .. could you post it, please ?

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Made the bread today!


Well, my crust did not turn out as beautiful as some that were posted here, but it still tastes awesome - if I were not a very polite person, I would love to peel the crumb out of the whole loaf and eat it by spoonfuls...

it's that delicious!  A mixture of salty and sweet, impossibly crunchy and addictive


My photo is not that good either, but I decided to post one shot

MickiColl's picture

your bread is beautiful ..

will you please post the recipe or a lnk to it ?

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check your messages here in this forum, there's something I sent you earlier today

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I'm going to have to bring this thread back to life...


I want to make it again, this time probably will bake small round loaves, perhaps hamburger-size.  


I would like to ask for those of you who ended up with the gorgeous effect on the crumb - how much of the paste do you add?  I know it's hard to measure it, but would it be a thick coating or a very light one?

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THanks, David...


will try to make it again this weekend, hopefully with better outcome!

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Second attempt....


for many reasons that shall remain a secret - let's say I had "issues" again during the preparation of this bread - I ended up making small rolls instead of a single loaf


My crumb is still not quite the way I expected, but perhaps I'm in the right direction? 


delicious rolls, and a nice, lovely crumb, not too tight...  


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Hi Sally - these rolls look really good! - from breadsong

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I had to resort to baking them in a muffin tin, but they turned out ok, despite of my many mistakes.


it's as if there's a dark cloud over my head when I decide to go for the Dutch crumb...    I'm not giving up, though.... Never!   ;-)

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Glad to hear you're not giving up on these beauties!

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Just blogged about it, and decided to include the full recipe, as this was made independently of the BBA Challenge and I modified the recipe to use folding instead of Reinhart's kneading, windowpane test, temp check etc etc...


if you are interested, here is a link to my blog

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I made Peter Reinhart's Vienna bread with the Dutch crunch topping from The Bread Baker's Apprentice. It made a dozen rolls from the recipe. Made a couple of changes to the recipe. I used all 16-oz of the Pate Fermentee from the original Pate Fermentee recipe, instead of the 13-oz called for in the Vienna bread recipe. I also doubled the butter to 2 Tbsp and used half water and half milk in the Vienna bread.

Other than that, I followed Peter Reinhart's recipe for Vienna bread with Dutch crunch topping.

I made 12 rolls from the recipe, scaled at 90-grams each before the Dutch topping was added.

I used all of the Dutch topping from the original recipe below.

Here is the paraphrased modified recipe I used. I baked by the gram weights, not the volume measurements.


Reinhart's Vienna Bread with Dutch Crunch (modified)

Pate Fermentee

1 1/8 cups (140g) Bread flour
1 1/8 cups (140g) All Purpose flour
1/2 tsp (1.5g) yeast
3/4 tsp (4.5g) salt
3/4 cup (180g) water (90° to 100°F)

Mix dry ingredients, add water, mix, knead 6 to 8 minutes, speed 2 in
stand mixer. The dough should be soft and only slightly sticky.
Let rise, in a oiled covered bowl, 1 hour at room temperature.
Deflate dough, form into ball.
Place covered bowl of dough, overnight in fridge.


all of the Pate Fermentee (465g) from above
2 3/4 cups (340g) unbleached bread flour
1 tablespoon (13g) granulated sugar
1 teaspoon (7g) diastatic barley malt powder
1 teaspoon (6g) salt
1 teaspoon (3g) instant yeast
1 large (45g) egg, slightly beaten
2 tablespoons (28g) butter, room temperature
3/4 cup (180g) milk, scalded to 185°F, cooled to lukewarm (90° to 100°F)

Take Pate Fermentee out of fridge, cut into 12 pieces.
Allow Pate Fermentee pieces to warm at room temperature 1 hour, covered.
Mix dough dry ingredients. Add milk.
Add Pate Fermentee to remainder of ingredients. Mix. Add butter. Mix.
Knead until Window pane test is passed, 6 to 8 minutes, speed 2 in stand mixer.
The dough should be soft and only slightly sticky.
Proof, covered, 1 1/2 to 2 hours. Deflate if dough doubles early and continue proofing.
Form two loaves or 12 rolls. Scale rolls at 90g each. Makes 12 rolls. Place on baking sheet.

Dutch Crunch Topping

1 tablespoon (8g) bread flour
3/4 cup (115g) rice flour
3/4 teaspoon (2.5g) instant yeast
2 teaspoons (8.5g) granulated sugar
1/4 teaspoon (1.5g) salt
6 to 8 tablespoons (1/3 to 1/2 cup) (90g to 120g) of water
2 teaspoons (9g) vegetable oil

To make the topping, whisk together, bread flour, rice flour, instant yeast, granulated sugar, salt, vegetable oil, and water to make a paste. If paste is too thin to spread without running off the dough, add more rice flour. The paste should be thick enough to spread with a brush, but not thick so that it sits on top like a lump of mud.

Makes enough for 2 to 4 loaves, or a dozen 90g rolls.

Apply dutch crunch topping.  Let rise 45 minutes in a warm place (like an OFF oven with the light on). 

Bake at 375°F for 30 minutes, until golden brown and center reaches 195°F.


Baker's Percentage

Reinhart's Vienna Bread with Dutch Crunch (modified)

Total Ingredients used (Pate Fermentee and dough)

100% (620g) unbleached bread flour
2.1% (13g) granulated sugar
1.1% (7g) diastatic barley malt powder
1.7% (10.5g) salt
0.7% (4.5g) instant yeast
7.3% (45g) egg, slightly beaten
4.5% (28g) unsalted butter or shortening
29% (180g) milk, scalded, cooled to (90° to 100°F)
29% (180g) water, lukewarm (90° to 100°F)

Dutch Crunch Topping

1.3% (8g) bread flour
18.5% (115g) rice flour
0.4% (2.5g) instant yeast
1.4% (8.5g) granulated sugar
0.2 (1.5g) salt
14.5% to 19.4% (1/3 to 1/2 cup) (90g to 120g) of water