This month’s bread “Pane Francese”of the gorgeous Bread Baking Babes was a real challenge to me.
For one it is yet again a free formed bread which I am afraid of… yes still afraid! Second I never worked with a “chef” before, never even heard of it… nso when I read the post at Sara’s blog I like to cook who is serving as the Kitchen Babe of the Month I was not to thrilled to admit!
But then… well there was no way to NOT bake the bread anyway so I dragged my lazy butt once again into the kitchen and out of my comfort zone…
I baked this bread twice.
For my first attempt I used my sourdough starter due to the lack of a “chef” (aka left over dough).
It all went quite well, the dough was a charm to work with and smelled divine once I had it into the oven.
But – the bread rather tore apart at the top and the bottom…
It still was yummy and very sourdough-y in taste, but I had the feeling it was not really baked through in the middle…
I guess is was because of my use of spelt I did not let it rise long enough before I finally baked it.
So since I now had a chef in the fridge I decided to give it a second try.
This time I let is rise longer before baking but it flattened quite and did not rise too much tho and the surface already tore while rising…. I was not pleased at all.
The crumb is way better than the first attempt (a bit crumbly tho)…
Well, it might all be due to the rye/spelt mixture or that I forgot to use rice flour to strenghten the spelt… *sigh* I liked the bread tho. I think I will make it again and maybe it will work out some time as designed…
So along with my sourdoughs Sundance, Sally, Harry and Carl this Chef is now living happily in my frigde:
For way better versions of this bread visit one (or all) of the wonderful Bread Baking Babes:
Bake My Day (Karen) | CanelaYComino (Gretchen) | Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn) | Grain Doe (Görel) | I Like to Cook (Sara) | Living In The Kitchen With Puppies (Natshaya) | Living on Bread and Water (Monique) | Lucullian Delights (Ilva) | Notitie van Lien (Lien) | The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick) | Thyme for Cooking (Katie) | My Kitchen in Half Cups (Tanna)
Thank you Babes for yet another interesting baking experience!