Bread Baking Babes – May is the Poilane-Style Miche
It’s time for this month’s Bread Baking Babes baking feat! When I saw the recipe and above all the length of the recipe we were supposed to do I felt slightly overwhelmed, it just went on and on it seemed. But as the intrepid BBB I am, I threw aside all doubts and qualms and went for it just to be completely surprised of how easy it actually was to make the Poilane-Style Miche that Sher of What Did You Eat, our host(ess) (and incredibly nice person too) for this month, had chosen. The recipe comes from Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice, a baking book every serious bread baker seems to own except me but then I am maybe not serious enough. Well I have been casting longing glances on certain French bread books so sooner (I hope) or later I’ll get my own bread bibles. (Updated: now ordered and on their way to my kitchen)
But back to the bread, it took almost a week just to prepare for the actual baking of the bread, there was the seed culture to prepare and then the barm to make and finally the starter but it was all quite simple and one of the reasons to why the recipe is so long is that the whole process is described in detail so you can’t really go wrong when you make this bread. When I finally got to the baking I almost felt as if something was wrong, it was so easy and it went so well but no, there was nothing wrong and I managed to produce two really tasty round loaves of sourdough wholewheat bread. And to add to that, a really proud Bread Baking Babe ego.
Now if you steer over to Sher, she has posted the recipe and explains it all in an exemplary manner and she also tells you what to do if you want to be a Bread Baking Buddy. All I say is, bake this bread, it’s worth the effort!
To see the breads of all the baking BBB’s of the month, here’s the list: Notitie Von Lien (Lien), My Kitchen In Half-Cups (Tanna), Bake My Day (Karen), Cookie Baker Lynn (Lynn),I like To Cook (Sara) , A Fridge Full Of Food..And Nothing To Eat (Glenna), Grain Doe (Gorel), The Sour Dough (Mary aka Breadchick)