Bread Baking Masterclass – Loaf #1


No matter how many loaves of bread I make, I feel like a beginner. With each loaf I realize I have so much more to learn. So I decided to take Apollonia Poilàne’s masterclass. I love watching her movements and listening to her descriptions. How nice it is to imagine I am turning down the petals of a daisy as I knead dough.

I decided that the first bread I would bake would be the first one she taught – the wheat loaf that is the mainstay of their bakery. Although I would use my sourdough starter instead of starting a new one, I would use the exact technique she used. The result was a wonderful, hearty, huge loaf.

The shape came from the dutch oven I use to bake in. For doughs this large, I may need a bigger dutch oven (or to make smaller loaves. This loaf was so huge, I put half in the freezer. We will enjoy it the next time I am in between breads.

First learning from this bread: When you knead the dough, it does not need to become totally smooth, you need to focus on fully incorporating the flour.

Second learning: Be mindful of depth when you score the dough. I did not score the bottom part of my K deep enough,

I am hoping that by baking the breads in this class I will continue to learn about my doughs by touch, sight, and smell. And although I cannot share her recipes, I am happy to share this journey with you.

Yum!

Let me know what you think of this post, and if you try the recipe, please let me know how it was and any suggestions you have. Thanks, Andrea

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