I’m going to show you how to make this beautiful design on your homemade bread. I’ll give you the recipe I use to make it first, only 3 Ingredients. No kneading and you bake it in your dutch oven. I use this Lodge Dutch Oven, (mine is blue) but it is my absolute favorite thing to cook and bake with. I’ve had my dutch oven for 10 years now and it will probably last me forever, I Love it!
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It’s a funny thing how everyone started baking bread when the pandemic first started. I was lucky enough to grab a 25lb bag of flour and a jar of yeast before everything sold out and you couldn’t find yeast. I eventually learned how to grow my own sourdough so I didn’t need yeast but we’ll save that for another post. Yes, I was one of those people madly making bread. I did make some loaf bread, below is a picture of one of my loaves of bread. It’s gorgeous and delicious but also a lot more labor-intensive with the rising and shaping. It also used more ingredients than the boule bread, don’t get me wrong it’s not impossible but the boule bread is the easiest.
What is a Boule?
Here’s what you need:
I had lots of time on my hands and I started watching rustic bread-making tutorials. They made the most beautiful designs by carving into the raw dough with a razor blade. When it baked it left the most gorgeous designs in the loaves of bread. You saw my little lump of bread above, it is looking a little sad. I researched and I knew I didn’t have the talent to carve designs freehand with a razor blade. However, I could use a proofing bowl/basket to make this beautiful design on my homemade bread. This is the proofing bowl set that I bought on Amazon 9″ Bread Proofing Basket/Bowls w Scraper and Bread Lame. A bread lame is a razor you can use to make cuts into the dough.
A proofing basket/bowl is usually round but can be other shapes and made out of rattan, a type of wood. You use it for the proofing process, while the dough increases in size it also takes on the shape of whatever it is in. Proofing bowls have these rounded edges that press into the dough as it’s rising and leaves you with a gorgeous design. Don’t ever bake your bread in a proofing bowl/basket, it would burn up and possibly cause a fire.
I would recommend a set with accessories:
The best part is when it’s done proofing and you flip it over onto parchment paper. Look how gorgeous the design is and it’s not even baked yet.
They are really inexpensive for what you get:
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