Bread Baking is a wonderful hobby and over the last years I tried more than 200 different bread recipes. To remember the different sorts I began to take pictures of the loaves and collected the recipes at my website Petras Brotkasten. Since I have a blog you can find the newest recipes here.
For the World Bread Day-Event promoted by the very dear Zorra on Kochtopf I present you probably not the best tasting bread I ever made but surely one of the most attractive looking loaves I ever baked:
The recipe comes from Brot - Pain, a very interesting book of the Fachschule Richemont in Switzerland intended for professional bakers. The recipe for this bread produces about 20 kg dough - so I had to cut it down for a yield of 2 breads which fit into my oven. The recipes are very short and therefore not suited for the beginner. They don't even give baking times and only approximate temperatures. But if you have some experience in bread baking and like to play around a little bit you can have great success with breads from this book. Very helpful are photos of the forming and slashing of each bread, of the whole and the sliced loaves.
Besides wheat the bread I chose for today contains barley. While barley produces flour with a lower gluten content this dough isn't as strong as a normal wheat-dough and the bread rings are rather flat. For a better taste this recipe uses fermented dough (Pâte fermentée).
The special attractive look of this bread rings can be very easily achieved: just make a nice stencil paper, lay it on the unbaked loaves and sieve flour on the breads. Remove the stencil with care and bake the breads - voilà!
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-==== REZKONV-Recipe - RezkonvSuite v1.2.1
Title: Barley Bread Rings
Yield: 2 Breads
======================== PÂTE FERMENTEÉE ========================
100 grams Bread flour Type 812
65 grams Water
3 grams Fresh yeast
2 grams Salt
========================== PRE-FERMENT ==========================
240 grams Barley flour
4 grams Fresh yeast
25 grams Pâte fermentée
220 grams Water
========================== FINAL DOUGH ==========================
265 grams Bread flour Type 1050
175 grams Water
9 grams Fresh yeast
489 grams Pre-ferment
14 grams Salt
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adapted after a recipe from
-Edited *RK* 10/16/2006 by
takes 3 days
Pâte fermentée: Disperse the yeast in the water, add the flour and
salt and mix until a smooth dough forms. Let stand 1-2 hours at room
temperature, then cool it for up to 48 hours in the refrigerator.
Let come to room temperature before using.
For the pre-ferment disperse the yeast in the water, mix with barley
flour and pâte fermentée. Cover the bowl and let stand for 1 hour at
room temperature, then cool for 18-20 hours in the fridge. Let come
to room temperature before using.
For the final dough add bread flour type 1050, preferment and the
yeast water to the mixing bowl and mix on first speed for 3 minutes,
add the salt and mix for 6 minutes on second speed. The dough will
be rather loose and sticky. Let ferment covered in a lightly oiled
bowl for 90-120 minutes.
Divide the dough in two pieces. On a lightly floured work surface
shape into rounds. The dough is not very strong so the rounds will
be a little bit flat. Transfer the loaves to two sheets of baking
paper and flatten to about 17-18 cm diametre. With your fingers make
a whole in the middle and widen it to at least 4 cm diametre. Cover
the loaves and let rise for about 45-60 minutes.
Preheat the oven with a baking stone to 240°C.
If necessary widen the whole in the middle again a little bit with
wet fingers (dough is sticky).
If desired lay a stencil paper on the loaves and sieve flour onto
the bread. Carefully remove the stencil. Transfer the loaves still
on the baking paper to a peel and load the bread into the oven,
steam with 1 cup of water.
After 15 minutes remove the baking paper. Bake another 15 minutes
until brown. Let cool on a wire rack.