The Fresh Loaf

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First French Bread

BriannaF's picture

First French Bread

Yeah, so I baked more. 


Anyhow, this is my attempt at French Bread. I suuuuck at shaping, and my seams popped, but I really liked the crust and it tasted really good!


I made a really wet sponge with a tiny amount of yeast, 1C flour and 1C water, let it sit most of the day, then mixed it with additional flour, water and salt for the dough. Did a lot of kneading, shaped it, and then left it for a long rise. Baked at 500, down to 425 after I got the color I wanted.


I think I should have let the final shapes rise longer, maybe.


Anyhow, pictures!


The loaves



I artistically hide the popped seams!




The crumb. The holes got a bit smaller towards the middle of the loaf. =( But, it wasn't fine-textured all over, so I'm counting it 'good'.


I've got a sourdough starter showing promise, so maybe next time I'll try it with that!



KipperCat's picture

Looks good!