Is it possible to make whole grain Italian or French type bread?
I want a whole grain bread, round or long shaped, that has a crispy, crunchy crust like a good Italian or French bread but I'd like the healthiness of whole grain by making it with whole wheat or white whole wheat flour along with the AP flour I have. All my flours are KA organic. I searched here first and found nothing like the kind of bread I want to make. I'm hoping for one with the least amount or no white flour at all but I don't know if all whole grain flour can ever get that wonderful Italian/French bread crust.
I'm still new to baking so if I've asked something stupid please forgive me.
Oh, in case it makes a difference, I have no stand mixer and I'm working with a small electric oven. It's larger than a toaster oven but not as big a full size one. I don't even know if I can spritz water on this kind of oven without causing a short or a shock or something. I have no baking stone, just a non stick sheet pan. I have corn meal, honey, sugar (white and brown) and sea salt on hand too.
I have a Cuisinart bread machine but I didn't like the way breads came out in it but I guess I can use it to knead if anyone thinks that works out better than by hand.
I also have three kinds of yeast in my pantry, rapid rise, and active dry and some little block of it that has to be kept in the refrigerator that the bakery guy at the market told me to get. I just never knew what to do with it. I'm also open to making a sourdough starter but I have no idea how to do that either. I saw a recipe for one here once but I really messed it up. I tried to make my own flour in a coffee grinder from wheat berries. I've seen You Tube videos on just mixing some flour and water and it will turn into a sourdough starter. I don't know if that's the right way not.
Sorry to bother people here with this in such a busy season but I would really love to be able to make my own whole grain Italian or French bread if it's possible. I still have some time to practice before I'd have to bake it for anyone other than me at the end of the month.
Thanks in advance.