French Country Bread
60 mins (prep 20, cooking 40)
6 ingredients
1 servings
I spent years messing around trying to come up with the ultimate French-style, crisp-crusted bread, and many times came within bragging distance. But with this recipe closely adapted from Paula Wolfert’s Country-Style Bread in The Cooking of South-West France – I’ve found it! It is the simplest of breads: flour, water, salt, yeast. It’s good, chewy, coarse, basic: more European than American in taste and texture. Made without fat, sugar or milk, it has a very crisp crust, made even crisper by an in-oven spritzing with water. Thanks to a starter made a day or two ahead of time, it has the faintest tang of sourness. The length of kneading time may seem daunting; so if you do not have a sturdy mixer, have a friend handy…..

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Serving Size (19.25 g)
Servings 1
Amount per Serving
Calories 19.5 Calories from Fat 4.14
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 0.46g 0.7%
Saturated Fat 0.06g 0.3%
Trans Fat 0.0 %
Cholesterol 0.0mg 0.0%
Sodium 3.06mg 0.13%
Total Carbohydrate 2.47g 0.82%
Dietary Fiber 1.61 g 6.46%
Sugars 0.0 g %
Protein 2.43g 4.85%
Vitamin A 0.0IU% Vitamin C 0.02mg%
Calcium 1.8mg% Iron 0.13mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
mineral water, unbleached all-purpose flour, mineral water, fine sea salt, unbleached all-purpose flour, cornmeal