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French Country Bread

with Whole-Wheat Flour
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French Country Bread

French Country Bread - Airy crumb with a slight tang under a crisp crust - just as it should be!

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Health Score:
6,5 / 10
Difficulty:
moderate
Difficulty
Preparation:
40 min.
Preparation
ready in 16 h.
Ready in
Calories:
180
calories
Calories

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Nutritional values

Thanks to the use of whole wheat flour, the bread contains dietary fibers which have a positive effect on digestion. And the yeast used provides important metabolic, nerve, and beauty vitamins in the form of niacin, folic acid, and biotin.

Due to the slow rising, the dough develops a fine acidity. The bread gets even more bite and a plus of valuable unsaturated fatty acids if you knead some sunflower or pumpkin seeds under the dough.

1 slice contains
(Percentage of daily recommendation)
Calorie180 kcal(9 %)
Protein5 g(5 %)
Fat1 g(1 %)
Carbohydrates34 g(23 %)
Sugar added0 g(0 %)
Roughage4 g(13 %)
Vitamin A0 mg(0 %)
Vitamin D0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin E0.6 mg(5 %)
Vitamin B₁0.1 mg(10 %)
Vitamin B₂0.1 mg(9 %)
Niacin2.8 mg(23 %)
Vitamin B₆0.2 mg(14 %)
Folate48 μg(16 %)
Pantothenic acid0.4 mg(7 %)
Biotin4.1 μg(9 %)
Vitamin B₁₂0 μg(0 %)
Vitamin C0 mg(0 %)
Potassium130 mg(3 %)
Calcium13 mg(1 %)
Magnesium38 mg(13 %)
Iron1.4 mg(9 %)
Iodine1 μg(1 %)
Zinc1.2 mg(15 %)
Saturated fatty acids0.2 g
Uric acid41 mg
Cholesterol0 mg
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Ingredients

for
12
Ingredients
11 ounces Pastry flour (plus more for dusting)
11 ounces Whole wheat flour
1 cube fresh Yeast (about 42 grams)
salt
1 teaspoon Malt extract
1 vegetable oil (for bowl)
How healthy are the main ingredients?
Whole wheat floursalt
Preparation

Kitchen utensils

1 Baking sheet, 2 Bowls, 1 Measuring cups, 1 Teaspoon, 1 Hand mixer, 1 Parchment paper, 1 Kitchen towel, 1 Oven rack, 1 Plastic wrap, 1 Large knife, 1 Brush

Preparation steps

1.
French Country Bread preparation step 1

The day before serving, mix 150 grams (approximately 1/2 cup plus 1 tablespoon) total of combined flours, make a well in the center and crumble the yeast into well.

2.
French Country Bread preparation step 2

Pour approximately 3/4 cup warm water into the well. Using the dough hook of a hand mixer, beat on low speed until mixture forms a dough, about 5 minutes. 

3.
French Country Bread preparation step 3

Turn out dough onto a floured work surface and knead by hand for an additional 5 minutes.

4.
French Country Bread preparation step 4

Form dough into a ball and place in a lightly oiled bowl.

5.
French Country Bread preparation step 5

Turn dough to coat with oil. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm spot for about 1 hour.

6.
French Country Bread preparation step 6

Lightly knead the dough again. Cover and refrigerate for 12 hours.

7.
French Country Bread preparation step 7

Cut the dough into 8 equal pieces. Cover with a floured kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot for about 40 minutes.

8.
French Country Bread preparation step 8

Mix remaining flour and 1 teaspoon salt in another bowl. Add the starter dough, malt extract and approximately 3/4 cup warm water and knead for 5 minutes with the dough hook of a mixer.

9.
French Country Bread preparation step 9

Turn out dough onto a floured surface and knead for 5 minutes by hand.

10.
French Country Bread preparation step 10

Place dough in lightly oiled bowl and turn to coat. Cover bowl with plastic wrap and let dough rise in a warm spot until doubled in bulk, about 1 hour and 40 minutes.

11.
French Country Bread preparation step 11

Gently turn out dough onto floured surface. Cut dough into 2 equal pieces and gently shape into 2 round loaves.

12.
French Country Bread preparation step 12

Place each loaf on a large piece of parchment paper, cover with a kitchen towel and let rise in a warm spot until increased by half. Heat a baking sheet on the lowest rack of a preheated oven at 475°F  for about 4 minutes.  Place loaves with parchment paper on the hot baking sheet. Pour approximately 1/2 cup water onto the oven floor and close the door immediately. Bake for 15 minutes. Reduce temperature to 350°F and bake for another 20-25 minutes. Remove from oven and cool completely on a cooling rack before slicing and serving.