I got this recipe from the Tasting Table. This recipe is adapted from Adam Leonti of the Brooklyn Bread Lab. You only need an oven, a baking stone, water, active dry yeast, salt and bread flour. This bread is very easy to make but you have to start it maybe 4-5 hours before you go to bed and then leave it covered in the refrigerator for 12 hours. It makes a very tasty flavorful bread.
The Forking Truth is that I had some trouble with the recipe. I don’t know if some of the directions were omitted or if there was some sort of typo. It is a possibility that I had an oven problem ?(because my oven is a GE Monogram ((The Corvair of Appliances to me in search box search Monogram for my Story if Interested) and it’s always possible that it was just an Arizona Climate related problem because good bread is seldom found in Arizona. Is it the water? The Climate? The elevation? Or did I run into trouble for using off the shelf bread flour instead of the recommended Hayden Mills Flour?…….I don’t forking know!
Well anyways after one failed batch of bread that was raw in the middle I made another batch and simply made two loaves instead of the one loaf that the Tasting Table says this recipe makes.
I figured that if I made two loaves the recipe would work out and it did.
Ingredients for two loaves.
6 1/2 cups bread flour – Hayden Mills is recommended but the Brooklyn Bread Lab grinds their own flour.
2 1/2 Tablespoons salt
3 1/2 cups water
1 Tablespoon active dry yeast
In a large bowl add your dry ingredients and slowly add the water mixing. Mix for about 4-5 minutes until the dough is like elastic.
Transfer to a floured surface and let it sit at room temperature covered for four hours.
Punch down and shape dough into a ball. Dusting as needed and place dough in a heavily floured bowl then cover a refrigerate twelve hours. The next day I punched it down after it warmed up and let it rise again and shaped the dough into two round loaves.
Preheat oven with a stone on middle shelf at 500 degrees F. Make slits in the bread about 1/8 inch deep.
Bake until golden on a pre-heated stone. this is after 20 minutes from my oven. (500 degrees F on a stone)
My second try at the Boule came out Forking Good!