Hey gents!  I have been making my own bread now for a couple of years and I just can't get the loaf to taste like the bakery bread.  It always tastes like it comes from the bread machine ( I don't even have one!!) 

I have tried a sourdough starter and other types of yeast strains; I use bread flour; ive tried different types of fats and oils; I have hand kneaded and used my wife's kitchen aide... all to no avail.  Don't get me wrong the bread tastes good.  It just isn't like the bakery...I hate to name drop, but one that I think everyone knows is Panera.  Although it isn't as good as what I experienced in Rome, Italy but it gives me something to work up to.

What I am looking for is a simple, basic (think old world) recipe to make a nice, soft, chewy loaf of french bread that I can cut for small sandwiches or eat by itself.  Thought you guys could help me out.  I am going to try to make a one this weekend.  Also it is just me and my wife so we don't need a recipe that makes a bunch of bread, just a small loaf.

Tags: Bread

Views: 87

Replies to This Discussion

B -- have you tried baking bread in the style found in books like "My Bread" by J Lahey, or "Tartine Bread" by C Roberston, or "Flour Water Salt Yeast" by K Forkish? Fabulous results, in my not so humble opinion.

Sounds like you need to let your starter develop into a fine culture, to help bring a richer taste to your bread. Can be time-consuming, but worth it I think.

Wish you success.
JJacob

I have a recipe you might like. Its at home though I'll try to remember to get it at lunch. I have had great success with it. In fact, we had some last night that I had frozen from my last batch and it was almost as good as fresh out the oven (that is hard to replicate).

It's a McCall's recipe from 1984 I believe. The techniques I employ are these.

Use good, quality honey, not refined sugar.
Be obsessive about the water temperature when combining with the yeast

Use all-purpose flour (not bread flour) for this recipe.

just before baking, baste the loaves with a generous amount of cold water (this is what will give you a brown, hard crust yet keep the inner part of the loaf soft and chewy.

I have been making this bread with success for over 10 years now, and every holiday season I reserve one loaf for my bread pudding. I've gotten rave reviews.

I added rosemary and garlic to two of these loaves

RSS

Latest Activity

Paulius joined Dwane Lay's group
Thumbnail

Book of the Month

Each month, a book will be selected by the members to be read and discussed. The image for the group will be updated with the cover of the current book selection.See More
23 minutes ago
Brad Williams replied to Victor's discussion What do you think of this situation?
"Looks like we've got 100% consensus on this one."
1 hour ago
David the C replied to Daryl Millard's discussion Cricket
"Oops.  Left off the .com   Maybe start here: http://17thmandiary.com/start-here/   If you're an ebook reader (kindle or kindle app for ipad) I can send you an ebook of the Ashes in England book if you like. D"
2 hours ago
Paul Hanks replied to Michael Pascoe's discussion Bay Rum aftershave recommendations in the group Real Shaving
"I use Clubman Virgin Island Bay Rum. Nice scent. A little goes a long way."
2 hours ago
Allen Winston Cook replied to Lon R.'s discussion Contemporary Christian Music in the group Christian Men
"Hi Lon, Have you listened to any of the Jesus Culture Music? It would probably give you a different perspective on Christian Music. A note about turning off your mind..really? One of the greatest minds of the era of founding Christianity was a great…"
2 hours ago
Allen Winston Cook replied to Lon R.'s discussion Contemporary Christian Music in the group Christian Men
3 hours ago
eugene david replied to Victor's discussion What do you think of this situation?
"1. im all about forgiving. but his feelings are valid. i would feel the same way 2. the church should have no other say in the matter other than collecting a tithe.(for that week only!) 3.he was booted and ant have a say. fuck all of them 4. bill…"
3 hours ago
Jay D replied to David Johns's discussion Males insecurity?
"I dont think its a male problem, women are equaly insecure. I would like to say its todays society and fast passed world, but on the other hand its impossible to compare since one had to live 100 years back to compare. But even though, life is a lot…"
3 hours ago

© 2014   Created by Brett McKay.   Powered by

Badges  |  Report an Issue  |  Terms of Service