|European Peasant Bread Baked in a Dutch Oven|
I'm just "lovin' bakin' in my dutch oven." So, instead of the assigned HB5 breads, I thought I'd make another dutch oven bread this week. I could make another Jim Lahey bread, but how about one of the "Artisan Breads in 5 Minutes" breads?
There are still a number of AB5 breads that I haven't tried. This would be a good time to try the European Peasant Bread, with the twist of doing it in a covered casserole.
I made a half batch of the dough, with a few changes:
- Used white whole wheat flour
- Added 1/4 cup vital wheat gluten, due to all the rye and whole wheat flours used
- It rose in a small (Dollar Store) basket, to simulate a brotform.
- I sifted the dry ingredients. Michelle introduced me to a battery operated sifter, and it's great!
|Norpro Battery Operated Sifter|
The basket was sprayed and floured before adding the dough, to keep the dough from sticking. I put the basket into a plastic bag and it was placed into the warmed microwave to rise. I'm not sure how long I let the dough rise--just until the dough filled the basket nicely. Meanwhile, the dutch oven heated in a 450 degree oven.
After the dutch oven heated for about 30 minutes, I removed it with my favorite Ove-Gloves mitts. The dough plopped into the pot when I turned the basket of dough over. Shaking the pot slightly helped shape the bread better in the pot. I could see the straw basket pattern in the dough! I was nervous about slashing the dough in such a hot pot, so that wasn't done.
Here's a picture of the bread, when I took the lid off. The bread baked, uncovered, for about 20 minutes more.
Since I've had breads with damp centers in the past, I made sure to use my digital thermometer in the center of the bread. The first time, the temperature went up slowly to 205 degrees. After ten more minutes in the oven, the temperature went up to 205 degrees rapidly. My instincts told me that the bread was ready to come out of the oven.
This is a picture of the finished European Peasant Bread. You can see some of the pattern of the basket on the bread.
The texture of this bread was really good. I know I baked it longer to make sure I didn't get a wet center, but I wonder if the sifting helped. It might help, since the vital wheat gluten is mixed throughout.
Yummy, yummy bread! The center was not damp, either! Glad I listened to my instincts.
It reminded us of the deli rye bread, but without the caraway seeds. Next time, I might add the seeds. We ate the bread for dinner with orange chicken and millet pilaf on Friday night. There was only a little left by the time Sunday rolled around (a sign of a good bread in my house), but it was just enough for salami sandwiches--a quick Sunday dinner.
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