Monday, September 8, 2008

Country Bread



"Bread is the king of the table all else is merely the court that surrounds the king" -Bromfield

When I was in high-school Economics was my least favorite subject. Well how could we expect young minds to see the importance of this matter in our daily lives when our number one concern was getting the attention of our crushes and getting rid of our pimples? But that was long time ago. Today, every time I open newspapers and watch the news on TV I am guilty as the rest of the French people who see nothing but concern on our diminishing purchasing power. And when this topic is on the line the swelling prices of bread naturally comes.

The French people and bread have traveled faithfully together in their history. Bread accounted for more than a staple food but symbolized hope, justice and stability, a food for poor people par excellence. Imagine that it was only in 1793 that bread comes to be for everyone, rich or poor, the bread of equality. So what happens when baguette, croissants, baguette à l’anciènne and other bread becomes costly? Well they don’t go on the street to do their protest but rather spend more time in the kitchen to bake their own bread.

I’ll be sending this to Susan for her weekly Yeastspotting. And by the way Click’s theme for this month is all about crust. I had the pleasure to be invited as a one of the judges in this fabulous food photo event. I can’t wait to see your crunchy crusts pour over at Jugalbandi the creator of this event.

Country Bread (Pain de Campagne)
for 800 grams of bread

20 g of dry yeast (about 2 teaspoons)
320 g of luke warm water
600 g of bread flour
10 g of sugar (about 1 teaspoon)
10 g of salt (about 1 teaspoon)


In a separate bowl dissolve the dry yeast with some of your warm water. Let this stand for about fifteen minutes. In another bowl put the flour, salt and sugar. Add your diluted yeast and start working on your dough. Add little by little the water. Do not pour all the water as consistency of dough varies from flour to flour. Continue working on your dough until it becomes smooth. Let it stand for an hour covered by a wet towel. As soon as the dough have risen you will need to do the second part of the kneading. Put some oil on your hand flatten the dough to let the air out. Start kneading again for few minutes. Do as you please for the size and shape of your bread. I cut mine in small equal parts and make a small ball shape. I let it stand for another hour covered with wet towel. Preheat the oven at 200° celsius. Put a ramekin with water inside as you bake your bread. With the aid of a sharp knife make small lits on top of your bread. I diddn't put some slits on my bread. Bake it for 20-30 minutes depending on the size of your bread.



My other bread recipes:

French Baguette

Croissants
Mini-flute Bread

43 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

That looks delicious!

Manggy said...

I certainly hope the time won't come when bread becomes too expensive for a sap like me! I have to face the facts-- the breads I make by hand are not that great! Yours on the other hand... Beautiful! :)

Adam said...

Maybe it's time to have a bread revolution :) You def don't need to buy any, because your homemade ones blow the store bought ones away.

Nice crust, if I may say so. Hey, I wonder what 'French Bread' in America is to the French? Maybe just bread...

sho said...

wow this is unbELievaBle! A website decidicated to bread! impressive!

Clumbsy Cookie said...

That has to be one of the best looking homemade breads I've seen! Perfect crust! Just perfect!

tanabata said...

That looks delicious! There's nothing quite like fresh pain de campagne!

Aparna said...

That crust is beautiful. Nothing, but nothing, beats home-made bread. I reaaly love the aroma of bread in my oven.:)

Deborah said...

Not only is homemade bread cheaper, but it is way more delicious! This looks wonderful!

Beachlover said...

your bread look so rustic!.love homemade bread!.I have something for you,hop over my kitchen now!

Gloria (Canela) said...

Dear Dhanggit, what`s really beautiful bread!!! absolutely tasty and nice, hugss! Gloria

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

That is the definition of "crusty bread" -- the kind of bread that tastes so amazing when it comes from the oven, slathered with sweet butter.

mikky said...

i can only just stare at your bread... oh dear, if only i can just wave my magic wand to create this beautiful bread... you're simply amazing... :)

Susan/Wild Yeast said...

If you weren't one of the Click! judges, I think you'd have a winning photo there. Such a lovely crust!

chriesi said...

How beautiful!

ChichaJo said...

That is one gorgeous loaf! I'm feeling the food price crisis and making your own stuff definitely helps :)

This reminds me that I've got to do my 2nd round of no knead bread!

haze said...

I have tried to make a bread once in my life...am really hopeless it was like a stone ready to hit an enemy LOL ! Yours are just perfect ;) !

oggi said...

You make the most amazing breads!

Sylvia said...

I love this kind of bread , specially the hard crust. I copy the recipe to try.
Looks great. Good job !!!

A_and_N said...

The bread looks fab! I can never get the designer crust that you get often....tell me the secret you're hiding :)

FAMILY FIRST said...

Dont really dare venture into bread making yet. Just started on cakes & muffins alike ... thanks and i love visiting your blog. How's the baby doing?

Alexa said...

Pain de campagne... My favorite bread growing up. These loaves look perfect!

[eatingclub] vancouver || js said...

Just wanted to say thank you again: we got our package today! I'm excited!

Syrie said...

Fantastic post and gorgeous looking bread. Congratulations!

Kitchen Flavours said...

Hi dear. You are always welcome to the feasting. Bread looks gr8. Awesome click of pictures as always. I think u can send this to photo event hosted by jugalbandi.

daphne said...

Ah bread-it's one of the most versatile carbo around. I love the little cracks on top!

diva said...

oh that's one huggable gorgeous bread!! :)

tigerfish said...

I always love the aroma of fresh country bread!

Little Corner of Mine said...

Beautiful crusty bread!

rose said...

Your bread looks wonderful. I was a caterer for years. I’ve done it all, believe me, all. From CROQUEMBOUCHE towers with veils of spun sugar, to well you name it. I don’t understand it. I can make all sorts of complicated Pastries. I can cook anything but when it comes to bread, Problem! I love the whole process and the yeasty smells. The way dough feels like a baby’s behind. It brings out something primal in me. But my bread lacks something. I dislocated my shoulder so I use my kitchen Aid mixer to do the kneading. Is it possible to knead bread too much? My bread looks pretty but that’s it. Any tips?

Dawn said...

I could so much money making my own french and sourdough breads. I buy them from whole foods, which isn't cheap.
Your bread has the perfect crust. I can only imagine how good it smelled cooking! :::sigh:::

Zen Chef said...

I'm always so impressed by the quality of your breads. Wow! You should open your own Boulangerie-Patisserie in France. How come i can't make such nice breads? I'm jealous now. ;-)

Me, the islands and the world said...

i've always loved breads..but these breads here look amazing:d here's my WS entry.http://marites1034.bravejournal.com/entry/28124

hot garlic said...

Okay, I think I'll trust the French girl when she posts a BREAD recipe! It looks just beautiful! Yeah, wheat and bread are crazy expensive here too... boooo...

Lina said...

beautiful and crispy!

Passionate About Baking said...

A crust full of character Dhanggit. What an exquisite loaf. I shall try & make it one day...it's beautiful!!

Bridgett said...

There is something so comforting about the smell of bread baking in your own home. Gorgeous pic!

Suzana said...

Dhanggit, I love the crust of your Pain de Campagne! I can only imagine the gorgeous aroma, and the wonderful taste... Yam!

Jan said...

I think we are all feeling the economic pinch at the moment, food prices seem to rise on a weekly basis. But your homemade bread looks absolutely delightful, so crusty, I love that.

Jude said...

Gotta love that opening quote. Sounds like someone I could have a beer with.
Campagne dough is one of my favorites... So great to knead by hand.

Lori Lynn said...

There is nothing in the world like home-baked bread. Lucky people, those that live in your household!

Nice photos too!

Johanna said...

Lovely recipe. I will be posting one soon for the click competition. You know, I have a problem with your blog on Google reader.It just doesn't give me any of your new posts! Do you know what might be the cause?

caryn said...

oh man, i've never tried baking bread, but this looks like something i HOPE i can do ;-)

Bharti said...

Gorgeous bread!