Whole Wheat Pain de Campagne

Whole Wheat Pain de Campagne

This is a pain de campagne (French country-style bread) packed with nutritious whole wheat flour. The simple rustic flavor is addictive and delicious.

Ingredients: 1 round loaf

◆Bread (strong) flour - Lys d'Or brand recommended
200 g
◆Whole wheat flour (finely milled type)
50 g
10 g
3 g
◆Dry yeast
3 g
◆Lukewarm water (use cold water in the summer)
162 g
Joshinko or bread flour
as needed
Stainless steel bowl
Banneton (round bread rising bowl)


1. Combine the bread flour (Lys d'Or flour) and whole wheat flour, and sift twice.
2. Put the ◆ ingredients in a bread machine, and start the "dough only" program. After 6 to 7 minutes stop the machine, take the dough out into a bowl, and round off lightly.
3. Cover the bowl with plastic wrap and use your oven's "bread-rising" setting to let it proof at 35°C for 30 to 40 minutes until doubled in volume (1st rising).
4. After the 1st rising is done, round off the dough again, cover with plastic wrap, and leave to rest for 20 to 30 minutes.
5. Dust a banneton (round bread rising bowl) with 1/2 tablespoon of joshinko or bread flour using a tea strainer.
6. Deflate the rested dough, and round it off so it has a smooth, taut surface. Place it in the floured banneton with the seam side facing up, and cover with plastic wrap again.
7. Leave it to rise again at 35°C for 25 to 30 minutes until it has increased to 1.5 times its original size (2nd rising). Preheat the oven, including the oven tray and stainless steel bowl, to 250°C.
8. Cover the banneton with a sheet of kitchen parchment paper and invert the dough onto the paper.
9. Slash the top of the loaf 5 mm deep with a moistened knife.
10. Take the stainless steel bowl out, place the dough, paper and all, onto the oven tray, and invert the bowl over the loaf.
11. Lower the oven temperature to 210 °C and bake for 20 to 25 minutes. Take the bowl off 10 minutes in. If it looks like the top of the loaf is browning too fast, cover it with a piece of aluminium foil.
12. When the bread has finished baking, leave it to cool a bit on a cooling rack, then store in a plastic bag to prevent it from drying out.
13. I used a 24 cm diameter, 8 cm high stainless steel bowl. This size worked fine even when the dough puffed up.
14. It looks like this when sliced. It has a nice color and looks delicious.

Story Behind this Recipe

I like pain de campagne, so I wanted to try making it with nutritious whole wheat flour.