Some of you might wonder how challenging baking bread could be for someone used to have her hands covered with flour, always kneading and touching the dough. And yet, nothing is more tricky than working with yeast, a living organism. And the non professional bakers we are also have to deal with the weather, the quality of the flour and our home ovens, all of which might be reasons of success or failure.
Au final, j'ai trouvé le pain très bon peut-être un peu trop salé par rapport à nos habitudes mais avec un vrai goût de baguette à la mie élastique et à la croûte qui croustille. La mie est aérée, joliment alvéolée mais franchement, j'ai déjà fait mieux.. il ne me reste plus qu'à recommencer.. avec Marion, pourquoi pas??
I baked this bread twice, each time by hand: first using a type 55 flour, second using a type 65 flour (recipe in french with all the details will come next sunday) and there was a very big differnece. Because the dough is so hydrated (74%), soft and sticky, it needs to get its body first by the flour quality (11-12% proteins for the T65 flour, 8-9% for the T55 one and I'm speaking about supermarket flours), second by the long fermentation times which balanced the short kneading of the dough.
I really liked this bread - maybe a little too salty for us - but with a true french baguette taste with a chewy crumb and a golden crust. The crumb is opened, with nice holes but honestly, I've done better.. so I'll just have to bake it again.. maybe this time along with Marion..?