Of course, we had crusty bread when we had those amazing grilled shrimps on a bed of spinach. And because it’s summer, we’ve been baking bread on the barbecue.
We used to think we could only bake pizza, naan or buns on the barbecue. But even full sized loaves bake successfully.
When it’s hot outside (like it is here now – a revoltingly humid 30C!!), nobody wants to be turning on the oven in the kitchen!
But hogs like us still want to have our bread and eat it too. On this particular occasion, the bread was made using the ingredients and mixing section in the recipe for baguettes in Rose Levy Beranbaum’s “Bread Bible”.
But the shaping is different from Beranbaum’s description.
I’m really excited about the latest shaping technique for boules that I’ve been using. It’s based on Chad Robertson’s shaping method that I saw in the Tartine Bread video (the shaping method is at 5:54).
To do this shaping, divide the dough in two and gently fold each piece like a business letter. Then gently grabbing the side of one of the ends, make a false braid. Fold the top half over to the middle and gently make another false braid. The dough will want to roll in on itself. This is a good thing. Once it shapes itself into a quasi ball, put it seam-side down on the board and gently turn it round and round to smooth out any rough edges.
Because of hot spots in the barbecue, we baked the bread on individual pieces of parchment paper placed on our hot pizza stone (the inexpensive kind available for around $10 at kitchen stores). Why the parchment paper? Each loaf had to be turned frequently to prevent outside burning. After the bread had been in the barbecue and was wonderfully golden, we were pretty certain the bread was done. Still, just to make sure, we stuck a meat thermometer into the centre just to check. Yay!! the internal temperature had reached around 100C (212F). Exactly what we wanted!
- recipes from OUR kitchen:
» Crusty Bread (based on Rose Levy Beranbaum’s baguette recipe in “The Bread Bible”)
» how to bake bread in the barbecue (this is about hamburger buns but the same technique applies for bread)
» Grilled Shrimps or Scallops with Pernod Sauce
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- Boule Shaping video:
» vimeo.com – Tartine Bread (See how Chad Robertson shapes bread at 5:54 on the video.)
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