October 21, 2007 - 12:00am
Leader's Pain au Levain au Tournesol
I made Daniel Leader's Pain au Levain for the first time today. I added 3/4 cups of sunflower seeds to the dough, but I did not soak them as he recommended. Also, I brushed the batards with water while they were proofing and gently pressed more seeds to the tops.
The oven spring and bloom were beyond my (modest) expectations. The bread was pretty yummy, too.
Photos to follow ...
Great job. I wish the photos were a little larger so I could really get a good look but they look perfect. weavershouse
Thanks, Weavershouse! I wish the photos were larger, too. I had no trouble uploading them, but they would not insert into the message. I literally cut and pasted them from the forums photo viewer into the message. Now, that was on a Mac laptop. I'll try again with a Windows XP machine.
Hi there fellow Mac laptop person! Also, you can take any picture with (apple,tab, 4) and a point will show up and this can be moved, clicked and dragged to crop... upon releasing the mouse, it goes to the desktop (picture 1, picture 2, etc.) where it can be browsed and submitted. :)
Great looking bread too! I can just taste the sunflower seeds!
Leader's Pain au Levain au Tornesol
Leader's Pain au Levain au Tornesol crust
..I just want to bite right into those pumpkin seeds and crust..
Thanks, Paddyscake. Those are Sunflower seeds, though.
I have Halloween on the mind..haha..hmm..maybe roasted pumpkin might not be so bad?
Leader's Pain au Levain au Tornesol crumb
Hmmm ... Looks like the photo insertion problem was a Mac thing.Enjoy! David
Great job, especially for a first attempt.
The crust was less crisp and more chewy than it looks.
The biggest "first attempt" factor was proofing batards made with such a slack dough on a couche made with parchment paper, as Leader recommends. It worked well, I think. I was really happy with the bloom. I think I'm getting the hang of this type of scoring.