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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. During this Weekly Bake, I "successfully redeemed the setbacks of last week". Some mindful attention to creating a new campagne starter and the bake went well again. Made some extras of not-often-ordered breads so check the availability.

This week's loaves are sporting new labels (now with ingredient listings!) just wanted to warn you.... Also, finished the MMXVI Feast of Fornicalia button redesign for next week's festivities... be sure to ask for one if you don't see me...

Next week is the Feast of Fornicalia (17 February) (an ancient Roman festival in honor of the goddess Fornax, who presided over ovens and by extension, whatever came out of them. Romans burned spelt (an ancient grain) as an offering on or around February 17th so that their ovens would not burn during the coming year. There is a translation of a classic Fornicalia bread recipe in the writings of Pliny, which described a bread made with spelt and the juice of raisins.) I am offering natural leavened Honey Spelt Sourdough loaf in honor of the occasion. Laudate Deam Fornacem! (Praise the Goddess Fornax!) What better way to celebrate the Feast of the Goddess of the Hearth and Baking than by consuming good bread? ... AND it is a leap month, so one extra bake, too!

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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-batch 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, 08 February 2016

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