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daobread-batardBâtard, (literally, "bastard") a French bread with a short, almost rugby ball shaped loaf it can have rounded or pointed ends. BouleBoule from the French for "ball", is a traditional shape of French bread, resembling a squashed ball. It is a rustic loaf shape that can be made of any type of flour. daobread-fenduFendu is a French split bâtard (oval) loaf created by pressing a rolling pin into the loaf, leaving a band of dough at the bottom keeping the two halves joined. daobread-ciabattaCiabatta (literally "slipper bread") is an Italian white bread made from wheat flour and yeast. The loaf is somewhat elongated, broad and flat, which makes it ideally suited to sandwiches. When made well, ciabatta bread has a moist crumb and a crackly, crisp crust. Ciabatta is baked in many variations; when made with whole wheat flour, it is known as ciabatta integrale. In Rome, it is often seasoned with olive oil, salt, and marjoram. When milk is added to the dough, it becomes ciabatta al latte. daobread-fougasseFougasse is a sculpted French flatbread that was originally used to test the temperature of the ashes/coals in the hearth. They are often shaped like ears of wheat or leaves with decorative openings. Traditionally, they included Niçoise olives, but can be plain or include roasted garlic. daobread-crown-genericCouronne is a French ring loaf. daobread-pain de mie/pullmanPain de Mie (FR) / Pullman Bread (US) translated from French, it means “Bread of Crumb” which indicates it’s all about the white soft stuff inside and the crust is minimal and soft.

The US name, “Pullman Bread” derives its name from being the official bread served in Pullman train cars, as its square profile allowed it to be stacked and stored in smaller spaces than traditional lofty pan breads.

Pullman pans are straight sided, square and lidded that produces a square and soft-crusted bread that is used as sandwich bread, french toast, and canapés.

The Pullman pan is also used in the production of heavy European rye breads (ie, Vollkornbrot or Pumpernickel Rye (which don't contain wheat flour therefore no gluten structure for support)) that require long bake times, thereby preventing the formation of a heavy impenetrable crust.

20130501-read-breadGood Morning. What a beautiful weather weekend AND a harvest supermoon eclipse! The kitchen only got to a yeast-happy 75°F (perfect, idyllic environment for yeast) even with the oven on. It was a beautiful bake... I have focused on finding the balance between enough steam to foster "oven spring" and keeping the oven dry enough to create a russet colored, crispy crust. A week of nurturing a new chef levain culminated in a successful bake of Pain au Levain in the miche style. In France, it is made with T80 flour, which is a high-extraction whole-wheat flour (meaning that the whole wheat flour is run through a finer sieve extracting more of the bran and germ making for a lighter whole wheat flour)... I made my own T80 by blending bread and sifted stoneground whole wheat flour. Pain au Levain is traditionally made in a round miche (originally (in olden times) when people didn’t have ovens in their homes, they baked their bread in communal ovens... so they baked huge ginourmous large loaves once or twice a month that were 4-6 lbs. which would last a family 2 or more weeks.

There will be NO Weekly Bake on Monday, 12 October.

This was the final bake which included the September Featured Bread of the Month which was Garlic Asiago Campagne a natural leavened boule forms a dough purse around a center of pureed garlic confit AND shredded, Wisconsin Asiago cheese… the top of boule is slit and a small head of garlic is inserted (which becomes roasted during the bake)… and wet cilantro leaves are pressed on and baked onto the crust.

NOTE: October's Featured Bread will be Græskarbrød (Danish Pumpkin Bread)... a natural leavened, crusty whole-grain boule full of pumpkin flavor... this Danish formula is unique because it incorporates both chunks of diced sugar (pie) pumpkins (which adds moisture and sweetness) and toasted pumpkin seeds. After the dough is mixed it is cold fermented for 24 hours to develop the flavor of the grains (wheat and rye (a mere 6%)), and allow for the pumpkin flavor to infuse into the dough.

If you would like to preorder for the next Weekly Bake, please use the order form. Check the calendar below to see when The Weekly Bakes are scheduled.

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The Weekly Bake NO Weekly BakeSpecial BakeOrder DeadlineHoliday
  • 2015
  • 2014
  • 2013
    • 16 December: 5-Grain White Wheat (Rye) Sourdough
    • 09 December: Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich Loaf
    • 18 November: Simits
    • 11 November: Mørke Rugbrødd
    • 28 October: Græskarbrødd
    • 21 October: Hverdags-Hvedebrødd
    • 14 October: Pain Normand (Returns)
    • 07 October: Boule Poilâned
    • 23 September: Harvest Bread
    • 16 September: Kürbiskernweckerl & Focaccia con Melanzane e Zucchine
    • 09 September: "Real" Danish Sourdough 100% Rye
    • 03 September: Focaccia con Erbe Pomodori Roma
    • 26 August: Knäckebröd
    • 12 August: Grano Intero Noce Focaccia & Grissini con Pomodori Secchi
    • 05 August: Dansk Rugbrød & Focaccia con l'Uva
    • 29 July: Focaccia con Pomodori Secchi & Grissini con Rosmarino e Salvia
    • 22 July: Focaccia con Spinaci e Aglio & Parmigiano e Pepe Nero Grissini
    • 15 July: Focaccia alle Olive & Grissini Papavera & Salted Oat Crackers
    • 24 June: Focaccia con Pomodorini & Grissini Integrali
    • 17 June: Focaccia di Peperone & Seedy Crisps (Crackers)
    • 10 June: Focaccia di Cipolle & Lavash Crackers
    • 03 June: Focaccia Genovese & Rosemary Crackers
    • 28 May: Black Pumpernickel Rye
    • 20 May: Levain Crackers with Sea Salt
    • 06 May: Leinsamenbrot (Farmington Sourdough Flaxseed 60% Rye)
    • 29 Apr: Unsuccessful New Bread of the Week
    • 22 Apr: Toast Bread (English-Style Pullman) & Pain au Levain with French & Rye Sourdoughs
    • 15 Apr: Farmington Sourdough 66% Rye
    • 08 Apr: Roasted Garlic Levain
    • 01 Apr: Quarkbrot
    • 18 Mar: 7-Grain Whole Wheat Levain
    • 11 Mar: Bialystoker Kuchen (Bialy) & Deli Rye
    • 04 Mar: Cracked Wheat
    • 25 Feb: Sonnenblumenbrot
    • 18 Feb: Grissini, Feast of Fornicalia Bake
    • 04 Feb: Honey Spelt Bread
    • 28 Jan: Brown Rice Bread
    • 22 Jan: Volkornbrot
    • 14 Jan: Pain de Mie (Bread of Crumb)
    • 07 Jan: German Farmer's Bread, Whey Bread
    • 01 Jan: Happy New Year!, Pain de Mie pans, Hamelman's Bread
  • 2012
    • 21 Dec: Happy Winter Solstice!
    • 17 Dec: Whole-Wheat with Pecans & Golden Raisins
    • 10 Dec: Oatmeal with Cinnamon & Raisin
    • 22 Oct: Cranberry & Walnut Levain
    • 15 Oct: Pain Normand
    • 08 Oct: Orders-Only Bake
    • 24 Sep: Sourdough Seed Bread
    • 17 Sep: Whole-Wheat Multigrain
    • 10 Sep: Cheese Levain
    • 04 Sep: Potato Bread with Roasted Onions
    • 19 Aug: Ciabatta
    • 12 Aug: Wholegrain Semolina Bread, Brazier, Solo Sprayer
    • 05 Aug: Semolina Bread, Site Redesign, Illustrated Glossary of Bread
    • 15 Jul: Bagel Enlightenment!, Fougasse, Visual Dictionary of Bread
    • 08 Jul: Return of Pain Rustique, Bagel Chips, Croutons, & Bread Crumbs
    • 01 Jul: Five-Grain Levain (Sourdough), Bagel Experiment Continues...
    • 24 Jun: Bagel Experiment Begins
    • 17 Jun: Roasted Potato Bread
    • 10 Jun: Acquisition: The Beast (Kepler)
    • 28 May: New Location, New Baker's Table
    • 14 May: Oatmeal Improved, Fougasse (redux)
    • 07 May: Oatmeal Bread & Fougasse w/Olives
    • 23 Apr: Roasted Garlic Fougasse & begins
    • 16 Apr: Pain au Levain with Whole Wheat & Petit Brioche à Tête
    • 09 Apr: Farmington Sourdough with Whole Wheat & Saltzstangerl
    • 02 Apr: Farmington Sourdough with Increased Whole Grain & Salzstangerl
    • 19 Mar: Demi-Boules and Demi-Loaves
    • 12 Mar: Farmington Sourdough White
    • 05 Mar: Toasted Sesame & Whole Wheat Sourdough Bagels
    • 27 Feb: Honey Whole Wheat Sourdough
Bread Type Ideal Meal Pairings
Cheese Breads

◌ Grilled vegetables and meats

◌ Soups and stews

◌ Heartier meals

◌ Hummus, dips or fruit and cheese plates


◌ Pastas with tomato sauce

◌ Braised or grilled meats

◌ Sautéed seasoned vegetables

◌ Panini

◌ Mediterranean cuisines


◌ Variety of meats, soups and salads

◌ Cheese and fruit courses

◌ Bruschetta with garden fresh tomatoes,extra virgin olive oil and basil leaves


◌ Flavorful meats: braised, roasted, smoked, or cured

◌ Smoked fish

◌ Reuben (or other sandwiches)


◌ Grilled and roasted meats

◌ Vegetables and fresh greens with flavorful dressings

◌ Tangy complement to hearty meals


◌ Toasted at breakfast

◌ Bread puddings

◌ French toast

Whole Grain

◌ Breakfast toast

◌ ...with egg dishes

◌ Sandwiches

◌ A hearty addition to any meal


Evaluating Bread: Learn how to judge good artisan breads from Jeffrey Hamelman, author of Bread: A Baker’s Book of Techniques and Recipes (one of a limited number of Certified Master Bakers in the United States, and past captain and coach of Baking Team USA).

Daobread is a small-scale bakery. Sunday is bake day. Monday morning, pictures and descriptions of The Bake are posted here; and an email/tweet is sent to the customer list letting them know what is available. Ordered bread is delivered on Monday afternoon.

Monday, 28 September 2015

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