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My First Try At Artisan Bread Making

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Artisan Bread Making taught by Peter Reinhart

Instructor and author Peter Reinhart's fresh perspective on bread-making goes beyond the recipes and raises your baking skills to another level.

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Share a little about the ingredients and techniques used to create this dish/item. The recipe and instructions from the first lesson

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What are you most proud of? Learning so much in this first lesson, the wonderful flavor of the Batard. They are far from perfect but very tasty.

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What advice would you give someone starting this project? Well, we are all different but I think I am going to repeat this first lesson until I feel I have conquered it before going on to make the other breads.

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Water bottle..where was spell check when I needed him?

12/13/2013 Flag

Fran, great 1st breads! You've identified the 1st most important thing - keep practicing until you master a given bread then move on to another one. You'll be surprised after you make the same bread several times how much more natural the entire process feels and how great the bread it. Per your specific items, I use BOTH water in the pan AND the spray bottle, as Peter described in his Bread Baker's Apprentice book - heat oven to 500 with steam pan, cover the oven door with a towel, load the bread, add hot water to the pan, spray, close oven door. Repeat spray at 30 sec intervals so you do a total of 3 sprays, then lower oven temp and bake. For holes, make sure you get a proper first and second stage rise/fermentation. As you get more comfortable making the breads, you can increase hydration levels - wetter dough tends to produce bigger holes, all other things being equal. Keep on baking and keep on posting! :)

12/15/2013 Flag

Thanks for the info, I did almost exactly what you said because I was following along with video however rather than the three quick sprays at 30 sec intervals I sprayed through out the baking process. Will try the three quick sprays with the next batch.

12/15/2013 Flag

Yes, I never felt my dough was quite as wet as Peter's . I think I will have more of a feel for what is right next time. Having said all of that none of this bread is being thrown out.

12/15/2013 Flag

It looks yummy

12/15/2013 Flag