Country Bread – TWD

I have been following the group Tuesdays with Dorie for some time. But it is only now that I decided to take the plunge and join them in their baking adventures. The reason for my hesitation was that I did not know the ingredients which would be required. I live in a part of the world where many of the ingredients that are easily available in the Western world, are very difficult to get here. If we do find them, we have to pay a premium as they are all imported.

Currently the group is baking from Dorie Greenspan’s ‘Baking with Julia’. The main rule is that we must possess a copy of the book. The other is that we must post on a Tuesday and participate at least once a month….simple enough.

Getting my hands on a copy was easy. But then I hit a stumbling block with the very first recipe that I had to make- the Country bread.

country bread bakedA Country Bread is a large round loaf and is generally made with plain flour, whole   wheat flour, rye flour, water and yeast. Rye flour? Now where can I get some? Luckily, I  found it at an online store here in Mumbai and immediately placed an order.

I halved the recipe and still got a large enough loaf.

To make the bread we begin with a yeasted sponge starter which consists of plain flour, whole wheat flour and rye flour. This is left to ferment at room temperature for eight hours or overnight in the fridge. I opted for the later, but I let it come to room temperature before adding the rest of the ingredients.

sponge for country bread

The sponge all ready after an overnight rest

The dough is placed in a banneton for the final proofing. Since I do not possess either a banneton or a cloche, I improvised by lining a bowl with some plastic wrap and proofed the dough in it.

make shift banneton

My make-shift banneton

I turned a plate over, dusted it with cornmeal and inverted the loaf on it. That worked as my pizza peel :-). A couple of slashes and some water brushed on top and it was ready to be baked. 

The crumb was a bit dense. But we enjoyed the bread.

country bread slice

The recipe for Country Bread can be found on pages 136 and 137 of the book ‘Baking with Julia’. The contributing baker is Joe Ortiz and you can also find the recipe here.

Try out the country bread that the others have baked at Tuesdays with Dorie.


Country Bread – TWD — 20 Comments

  1. Welcome to TWD! That’s great that you were able to find rye flour. I think some whole wheat flour instead of the rye flour might have worked as well for this recipe.

  2. Welcome! You are making our bread as I am enjoying a lot of experimenting with Indian food. The world is indeed small.

  3. Welcome to the group! It’s so interesting to bake with people from all over the world. Your bread came out beautifully. I’m sorry you found it a bit dense.

  4. Welcome to the group! It is a great group. I have learned so much as part of this group and tried so many recipes I wouldn’t have tried on my own.
    Great pics. Your bread looks wonderful.

  5. Welcome to the group!! I’m so glad you found the rye flour and were able to bake up this loaf. I think half a batch would have been just perfect…my loaf was huge :)

  6. Looks great! welcome to the group!!! I live in Spain and though I can find most of the ingredients sometimes it’s just impossible!

  7. Welcome! I sometimes have to search for ingredients, too, even though I live in the States. Your bread looks like it turned out well!

  8. welcome aboard! your bread looks very nice. you’ll probably find that you can make some acceptable substitutions with local ingredients as you work your way through the book.

  9. Welcome!!!!!!
    It’s very interesting to meet people from around the world.
    Each brings his personal touch!!
    Your bread is very successful! Well done!!
    I enjoyed this bread too, simple on its own but nice with some marmalade or served with a dish!

  10. Welcome! I know a lot of TWD people make substitutions. Some ingredients are hard to find or expensive here, too. I look forward to seeing what you bake.

  11. It’s always so exciting to meet new members! Welcome welcome welcome!
    You’ve made such a lovely bread.
    I loved how this bread cracked while cooling down and I loved its taste.
    Hope to see you at the next rendezvous.
    Best regards from Switzerland,

    • Thank you. I am quite a novice baker and am learning a lot from groups like yours. I look forward to participating in the next one too.
      Warm regards from Mumbai, India.