A classic provincial French bread with equally traditional toppings. Why didn’t they think of that?
12 oz. Bread Flour
1 packet Rapid Rise Yeast
8 oz. Chantrelle mushrooms, sliced
8 oz. Ile de France Brie, chilled and sliced with rind in place
2-3 tablespoons Olive Oil
2 tablespoons Butter, unsalted
A pinch of salt
1-2 tablespoons Herbs de Provençe
Dissolve the yeast in a few spoonfuls of warm water; add 3 tablespoons of flour; mix well to form a soft smooth paste. Form the starter into a ball, cover with a cloth and let rise in a warm draft-free place for 30 minutes.
Put the rest of the flour on a work surface and form a well in the center. Add the yeast starter, salt, oil and enough water to make a workable dough. Form into a ball, place in a bowl, cover and let rise for 30 minutes.
Gently roll the dough into a rectangle to fit a baking sheet rubbed with olive oil. With a sharp knife slash the bread in a traditional 6′ wide herringbone pattern down the center. With your fingers, form a rounded border all around the bread.
Sprinkle the surface of the bread evenly with the Herbs de Provençe. Dot the bread with the cheese and mushroom slices. Bake in a preheated 450° F oven for 15-20 minutes until golden brown and delicious. Rest 10 minutes before slicing and serving.
total points: 467.4
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