What a pleasure to come back after a long absence! Absence: not chosen and a bit forced.

Anyway, I'm very happy to come back with the New Year. And I take this opportunity to wish you a happy New Year. May 2014 bring you all the good that life has to offer!

And to start the year, the recipe selected is the Country Bread.

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The bread is quite simple, you just need  to make the sponge 6/8 h before or the previous day.

Otherwise, the recipe and the dough don’t give any problem, the dough is fairly easy to handle. I divided the recipe in half, made individual breads to obtain 7 (approximately 100g each).

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The result is tasty, a tender crumb with a lovely crust. The bread is quite light, not dense or heavy. A simple bread nice on its own, with your favorite marmalade, or that can be good to use in different ways: “baguette shape” to make sandwiches, customized with different flours, or in adding some seeds (you know as I like seeds, almost in all my breads!!), nuts, spices….

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Dessin Sandwich végétal colorié par lonche                    

You will find the recipe in Dorie’s book “Baking with Julia”p.136-137. To see what the other members thought of the Country Bread visit the BWJ website.