Sunday, 20 January 2013
I decided that I wanted to bake my first loaf of 2013 this weekend. With the cold snap that is currently going on in the UK I wasn't sure how a pure sourdough loaf would stand up and I didn't want to be tied to the kitchen if proving times were taking longer than expected, so decided on a semi-sourdough loaf instead.
I also had in the mind to try and re-create the excellent pain de campagne that I bought from Dégustation in Brockley a few weeks ago. Searching for "semi-sourdough pain de campagne" didn't yield many results, but I did find this recipe on the Wild Yeast site. It looked like just what I wanted so I decided to give it a go.
The results turned out pretty well. I tasted the bread alongside a slice of the pain de campagne I had in the freezer. My loaf isn't as good, but not far off which is pleasing.
My bread had some reasonable oven spring and a nice structure to the bread. I would have preferred a thicker crust (I think I could bake it for a bit longer next time) and there is still a faint taste of the dried yeast in the bread. Must try a full sourdough next time.
Over the past week I've been thinking of buying a new oven and baking this loaf has firmed my resolve to get one. The oven took an hour to get up to temperature, I really don't trust the temperature and had to bake the loaf for twenty minutes longer than prescribed and when I through some water on the base of the oven it dripped back out rather than turning to steam. Clearly something not right with the temperature.
The only question is could I install a new oven without electrocuting myself or blowing up the oven?