TWD BWJ Rewind: Pain de Campagne

March 29, 2016 at 8:21 pm | Posted in BWJ, groups, savory things, tuesdays with dorie, yeast breads | 7 Comments
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pain de campagne

Joe Ortiz’s Pain de Campagne is my first home sourdough bread experiment.  A whole wheat starter (called “the chef”) is refreshed over a period of several days, hopefully collecting wild yeast from the air in the meantime.  There’s a warning in the recipe intro that you might get a flat loaf– no guarantees in the world of wild yeast.  I could see the change in my starter over the week and I definitely noticed it’s sour smell increasing, so I had some hope for it, at least.

After almost four days, the final dough is ready to be mixed and later shaped.  My bread definitely rose and had a nice shape but it’s quite dense inside.  I didn’t really get any large air holes in the crumb and I see that I need to work on my slashing skills.  Still makes good, flavorful toast though, with a nice crust, and it won’t go to waste.  

pain de campagne

For the recipe, see Baking with Julia by Dorie Greenspan.  Don’t forget to check out the rest of the TWD Blogroll to see if anyone else did a rewind this week!


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  1. That turned out beautifully. Sourdough is on my wishlist of things to try. So much baking to get around to!

  2. Yum, this looks divine 🙂

  3. Yum to the nth degree! What could be better than your loaf of bread? Sourdough is my favorite. Thanks for sharing this wonderful recipe.

  4. For me, the third time was the charm and I finally got a nice loaf by adding a teaspoon of my sourdough starter to the first chef. If you ever want to play with some starter, mine is almost 7 years old now and I always have some to share!

  5. Terrific! And ummm that honey 🙂

  6. That looks amazing!! Bread baking is such a time consuming process. I have such appreciation for folks who make a habit of it! I will have to give this a go!

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