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Tartine country bread- first try

meb21's picture

Tartine country bread- first try

Hi All,

I'm enjoying this site! Here's my first try at Tartine country bread...

tartine bread |

tartine bread crumb |

thanks for looking! Marie



Julie McLeod's picture
Julie McLeod

Absolutely gorgeous!  Congrats....

kygin's picture

Tartine isn't the easiest bread to make, but you've done a superb job!  Beautiful loaves, excellent spring, great crumb.  I'd hate for you to see my first try.

meb21's picture

Thanks, Julie and kygin!

I've been making all sorts of pizza dough for a long time now so I've been exposed to handling some wet doughs - the shaping and steaming is all new to me. All in all, I think the pizza dough background is somewhat helpful, a kind of a small head start I guess. 

I'm sure there's lots more to learn. It sure is addictive!


BobS's picture

Absolutely stellar. 



dabrownman's picture

Well Done!

Wingnut's picture

Great Bake, nice and bold, good crumb and oven spring.

High Marks.



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Maine18's picture

Beautiful bread/photography

isand66's picture

Those look fantastic.  Love your photography as well.  That's a beautiful table to use to display your bread. For your first time this looks more like your 100th loaf!

David Esq.'s picture
David Esq.

I am sure they tasted as good as they look. Now try making pizza from the dough after dividing it and tell us if you've made better pizza!

Song Of The Baker's picture
Song Of The Baker

Very well done!  Just about the perfect result from the not so easy Tartine Country Loaf formula.


meb21's picture

Thanks for all your kind words! I think part of my success had to do with a very mature starter that was well fed (was feeding it 2 times daily). I couldn't keep that up, so I eventually refrigerated it but can't help thinking that it lost some of its potency. I am refreshing it a couple of days before needed since I don't bake often enough to justify otherwise.