I’ve heard so much about the Tartine Bread book and its wonderful “Country Bread” that I had to try it. I made my levain Saturday night, mixed up the dough Sunday morning, and spent the day letting it bulk ferment, with stretch and folds done every half hour over the course of four hours. Obviously I couldn’t go anywhere!
I shaped the loaves later and proofed them overnight in the fridge, then baked them bright and early this morning.
I’m very pleased with the way they turned out! The author didn’t specify what protein percentage his flour was, so I left out fifty grams as I used King Arthur all-purpose, and would rather err on the wet side. It was pretty wet, but held its shape so I think I guessed about right!
Very tasty! The recipe has 100 grams of wheat flour and the levain has 50 grams, but I substituted rye flour in the levain. One loaf is for us, the other gets traded for fresh eggs this afternoon.
I decided to try a clafouti in the dutch oven since I was stuck at home for the four hours the bread was fermenting. I think it might have been great if I’d used a twelve-inch dutch oven, but instead it was an epic fail as my ten inch oven wasn’t big enough.
It was perfectly set and golden brown on the bottom (it still baffles me that nothing burns… at least not yet, and I’m using way more coals than the popular recommendations) but rose to towering heights, halted only by the lid, to which it clung to with a passion. It tore off of course when I lifted the lid, and collapsed shortly thereafter. Clafouti collapses anyway, creating a lovely custardy “cake”, but this was so sad looking I opted to skip the picture. We ate it anyway, all of it. It was delicious if you kept your eyes closed.
Jim and I have been looking at fire pits and wood fired grills. We narrowed our choices down to a couple, and finally settled on this one.
It’s called a Cowboy Campfire Grill, measures thirty-six inches in diameter, and we decided it was the perfect choice because it doubles as a fire pit we could use right on our patio, break it down and take up to the land, or even back home for a family cook out. Jim absolutely loves cooking over a wood fire, and I have to say, it’s pretty nice to kick back and have a glass of wine while he cooks for a change!
We do still want to build a fire pit in the back yard, but we just can’t yet picture in our heads how we want to do our back yard, so it’s still a blank canvas.
The grill will be about two months getting here, so it probably won’t get a lot of use until fall is here again. Jim and I always seem to buy things at the wrong time of year… the kayaks, the camper…