World Bread Day 2009 – Yes we bake: Homemade rustic country loaf

I’ve been up to my ears in work lately, I hadn’t plenty of time and leisure to bake bread. Baking bread is not very difficult, but you shouldn’t be in a hurry. In the November issue of GoodFood I found a recipe for a

Homemade rustic country loaf

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that perfectly fitted into my busy schedule. Easy but delicious!

I followed the recipe below, but I used my KitchenAid on speed 1-2 for 7 minutes to knead the dough in step 3. There is a nice video how to knead bread by hand. I used a banneton for proofing and a baking stone for baking. I used two steam bursts to produce steam with my moisture plus oven.

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Title: Homemade rustic country loaf Button German
Categories: Baking, Bread, Yeast
Yield: 10 Slices

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225     Gstrong white bread flour, 8 oz Ulrike: wheat
      — flour Type 550
1 teasp.   Fast-action dried yeast
200 ml   Water, warm
500 grams   Strong white bread flour, 1 lb 2 oz, plus extra
      — for kneading and dusting Ulrike:
      — wheat flour Type 550
2 teasp.   Fast-action dried yeast
2 teasp.   Salt
75 ml   Plain yogurt, 2 1/2 fl oz
150 – 200 ml   Water, warm
      Oil, for greasing


  GoodFood Magazine, November 2009
  Edited *RK* 10/12/2009 by
  Ulrike Westphal


1. First, make the starter. Tip the flour and yeast into a bowl. Pour over 200 m1 warm water, use a wooden spoon to mix together, then cover the bowl with a piece of oiled cling film. Leave in the fridge overnight, after which the dough should look fairly frothy and bubbly, with a sweet yeasty smell.

2. Now make the bread. Tip the flour into a bowl along with the yeast and salt. Pour 150 ml warm water and the yogurt into the starter mixture, stir until well combined, then pour this into the bowl with the flour. Use a spoon to bring the mixture together into a ball – this will take a couple of mins as the flour needs to absorb the water. Add another 50 ml water if the dough feels tight.

3. Tip out the dough onto a surface lightly dusted with flour. Push down and away, using the heel of your hand to stretch out the dough, then fold the outside edge back over itself to make a ball again. Twist the dough round a bit and start again. Keep kneading like this for about 10 mins, depending on how vigorous you are (b). When it’s ready, the dough should feel slightly springy when touched and have a smooth surface when shaped into a ball. Alternatively, you can knead the dough for about 5 mins in a table-top mixer or food processor with a dough attachment.

4. Lightly oil a large bowl and place the dough inside. Oil a piece of cling film, lay this loosely over the top, then leave in a warm, draught-free place until nearly trebled in size – this can take from 45 mins to about 1 1/2 hrs. Remove the cling film and punch down the airy dough with your hand. Tip out onto your floured surface, knead a couple of times until smooth and the air has been knocked out, then lightly oil a large baking sheet. Shape the dough into a round ball and place on the sheet. Re-cover with the oiled piece of cling film and leave until doubled in size, about 1 hr.

5. Heat oven to 230 °C/210 °C fan/gas 8. Place a roasting tin on the bottom shelf of the oven and carefully half-fill with boiling water from the kettle. Leave in the oven for 10 mins so it gets steamy. If your dough has spread, gently tuck the ends under to make a neat ball, then use a sharp knife to make a few slashes across the bread before lightly dusting with flour. Place the baking sheet on the top shelf of the oven and bake for 20 mins. Turn the heat down to 220 °C/200 °C fan/ gas 7, bake for 25 mins more, then take out of the oven. Tap the bottom of the loaf – it should sound hollow. Return to the oven for another 10 mins if not. Leave to cool on a wire rack. Great with a bowl of soup, as a chunky sandwich or, best of all, lightly toasted with some butter and jam.

:PER SLICE 265 kcals, protein 9g, carbs 56g, fat 2g, sat fat none, fibre 2g, sugar 2g, salt 1.02g .a
:PREP 20 mins plus overnight resting and 2 hrs rising
:COOK 45 mins


world bread day 2009 - yes we bake.(last day of sumbission october 17)
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8 thoughts on “World Bread Day 2009 – Yes we bake: Homemade rustic country loaf

  1. Eva (Deichrunners Küche)

    Stimmt – Brot backen erfordert Zeit und daher ist es immer gut auch mal ein Rezept in petto zu haben, das in Zeiten mit weniger Muße passt! Dein Brot sieht super lecker aus, danke fürs Rezept!


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