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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. Today is National Melba Toast Day... Melba Toast was first called "Toast Marie". It was made by Chef Georges Auguste Escoffier who was chef at the Savoy Hotel in London in late 1880s. Cesar Ritz was the manager. His wife Marie complained that the toast was not thin enough so chef Escoffier made the first melba toast and named it Toast Marie. Later in 1897, Nellie Melba, a renown Australian opera diva was staying at the Savoy. She was not feeling well and just wanted toast to eat. Escoffier gave her Toast Marie. She liked it so much. He renamed the toast Melba Toast after her. Both Cesar and Marie Ritz were glad to do so as good business people they knew this be profitable for the hotel to have a toast named after Nellie Melba. Thus Melba Toast was born.

This Weekly Bake was a pleasent and enjoyable time. It was a relaxed day with the right environment for raisings and baking. The Farmington Sourdough came out of the oven with a thin, cracking crust and the 3 loaves "sang" [hear loaves sing in this video] as they cooled. The Whole Wheat Levain rose well and baked even better. Third round of shaping experiments with Pain Brioché resulted in ever-improving beautiful loaves.

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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Bread Type Ideal Meal Pairings
Cheese Breads

◌ Grilled vegetables and meats

◌ Soups and stews

◌ Heartier meals

◌ Hummus, dips or fruit and cheese plates

Focaccia

◌ Pastas with tomato sauce

◌ Braised or grilled meats

◌ Sautéed seasoned vegetables

◌ Panini

◌ Mediterranean cuisines

French

◌ Variety of meats, soups and salads

◌ Cheese and fruit courses

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

Rye

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

◌ Smoked fish

◌ Reuben (or other sandwiches)

Sourdoughs

◌ Grilled and roasted meats

◌ Vegetables and fresh greens with flavorful dressings

◌ Tangy complement to hearty meals

Sweet/Fruit

◌ Toasted at breakfast

◌ Bread puddings

◌ French toast

Whole Grain

◌ Breakfast toast

◌ ...with egg dishes

◌ Sandwiches

◌ A hearty addition to any meal

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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 March 2015

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