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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. Happy Thanksgiving week! Well, an early snow hit this weekend, but luckily Madison didn't get anywhere near what was predicted. This bake was "orders olnly" although I did end up making a few extra Honey Whole Wheat Sandwich and Honey Spelt Sourdough.

NOTE: NO WEEKLY BAKE next week. The next Weekly Bake will be Monday, 07 December.

The next Featured Bread (December) is Roasted Hazelnut & Fig Levain: French levain (wild yeast leaven) with chopped Turkish figs & oven-roasted hazelnuts (filberts).

It was a strange bake... outcome ran the entire spectrum of possibilities. It was one of those bakes that Jeffery Hamelman talks about happening that offers hope for a better bake the next time... but I haven't had one like this in a while. Did have one total fail (only the 3rd in the history of Daobread bakes), but I also had some success... I continued my pursuit of great Honey Spelt... applying some things I learned (not steaming the oven and lowering the bake temps) resulted in a no score but no blowout loaf.... I am pleased with the outcome. Don't know what the variable was... some crusts came out a little strange... and I ended up with a waiting-for-the-oven jam at one point.

”And when all has not come out of the oven just as he had wished or expected, he gets another chance tomorrow—each day we have the opportunity to redeem the setbacks of yesterday.” — Jeffery Hamelman

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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, 23 November 2015

How do I best store my loaf of natural leavened bread? Store my loaf?