Pain de Campagne with Bread Flour and Cake Flour -Version

Pain de Campagne with Bread Flour and Cake Flour -Version

This is a kind of pseudo-pain de campagne (French country style bread) made with familiar ingredients, but you can enjoy the delicious taste of a hard-crust type bread.

Ingredients: 1 round loaf

◆Bread (strong) flour
100 g
◆Cake flour
100 g
10 g
3 g
◆Dry yeast
3 g
◆Lukewarm water (use cold water in the summer)
Joshinko or bread flour
as needed


1. Sift the bread flour and cake flour together twice.
2. Put all the ◆ ingredients in the pan of a bread machine, and start the "dough" program. Stop the machine after 6~7 minutes of kneading, take the dough out into a bowl, and lightly round the dough.
3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and leave it to rise at 35℃ for 30~40 minutes using the "bread rising" function of your oven. Let the dough rise until it has doubled in size (1st rising). The picture shows the dough after the first rising is complete.
4. Reshape the dough after the first rising, cover with plastic wrap, and rest for 20~30 minutes. The picture shows the dough after it has rested.
5. Deflate the dough, reshape into a smooth ball, and place it on a baking sheet lined with kitchen parchment paper. Put a glass of hot water on the baking sheet to accelerate the proofing process.
6. Leave the dough to rise for the second time at 35℃ for 25~30 minutes, until it it's 1.5 times its original size. The picture shows the dough after the second rising is complete. Preheat the oven to 250℃ with the baking sheet in the oven. (Leave the formed dough on the kitchen parchment paper.)
7. Dust the top of the loaf with joshinko or bread flour using a tea strainer. Score the dough 5 mm deep with a wet knife.
8. Slide the kitchen parchment paper with the formed dough on it onto the heated baking sheet, lower the oven temperature to 210℃ and bake for 20~25 minutes. If the bread is getting too browned on top, cover with a piece of aluminium foil.
9. When the bread is done baking, cool the bread on a cooling rack. Store in a plastic bag when cool to prevent it from drying out.
10. It looks like this when sliced. It has a hard crispy crust and a soft inside.
11. The bread is delicious used for pizza toast!

Story Behind this Recipe

I don't have a proper bread rising mold (a banneton) or the semi-strong "French bread" flour that this type of bread usually calls for, but I wanted to try making a pain de campagne so I went ahead and did it anyway.