Monday, November 16, 2009

Artisan Breads Every Day - French Bread

Continuing my way through Peter Reinhart's new book...

Classic French bread

For some time, I've been trying to create a french baguette at home. The kind of french bread that is crispy on the outside, chewy inside with big holes! This recipe is certainly the easiest yet most successful attempt yet. The recipe requires very little kneading so I just mixed it up in a bowl with a spoon and didn't even get out my mixer. The dough was easy to handle and shape into loaves.

Changes made... I replaced two cups of white flour with whole wheat flour and decreased the overall flour by 1/3 cup.

Next time I will...increase the whole wheat flour some more and add a tablespoon or so of vital wheat gluten.
Conclusion...definitely will be made again at our house!


  1. This bread looks very good, will be checking out this bread cookbook. We love homemade bread and make most of ours. The different recipes sound so good.


  2. 've been making the NY Times No Knead bread for a couple of years now, and it is one of our favorites. Also have the 5 Minutes a Day Artisan bread book, which is also pretty handy dandy. They have a new one out called " 5 min a day", so I might ask for that at Christmas. There is nothing like homemade bread!


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