Oval Campagne Loaf With Hoshino Natural Leaven

Oval Campagne Loaf With Hoshino Natural Leaven

A simple and rustic country-style bread.
Enjoy the pure taste of the wheat.
Shape it as you like ( when using dry yeast).

Ingredients: a 24 cm x 13 cm loaf

If using Hoshino natural leaven:
Strong bread flour
210 g
Rye flour *
20 g
Whole wheat flour *
20 g
Raw cane sugar (or regular sugar)
5 g
Natural salt
4.5 g
● Water
150 g
● Hoshino natural leaven * Recipe ID: 1816764
18 g
If using dry yeast:
● Water
168 g or more
● Dry yeast
1 g


1. Combine the dry ingredients. Mix the water and yeast, then pour it into the dry ingredients.
2. Use a scraper to mix the dough, bring it together, wrap in plastic wrap and let it sit for 20-30 minutes.
3. Knead for 5-6 minutes on a work surface, roll it into a ball and place it in a bowl. When it doubles in size, punch it down in the bowl.
4. Using a bench scraper, pull the dough and fold it over, rotate 90 degrees, then repeat by pulling the dough and folding it over again, then shape into a smooth ball.
5. Wrap in plastic wrap, then allow it to rise 2.5 - 3 times in height. (For about 10 hours at a temperature of 23 - 25℃). The rising time will vary depending on the season.
6. Dust the banneton with either rye or whole wheat flour.
7. Dust your work surface and bench scraper with flour. Work the bench scraper around the dough to loosen it, then place the dough on your work surface.
8. With the underside of the dough that was stuck to the bowl facing up, gently press the dough flat into a 20 cm x 15 cm oval with your hands.
9. Fold the 1/3 of the flour up into the center, then seal the edge into the dough while gently pressing down on the seam with your hands.
10. Rotate the dough 180 degrees, repeat the above steps, then gently press down on the seams (do not press firmly).
11. Fold it in half again.
12. Pinch together the seams to seal.
13. With the seam at the top, place the dough in a banneton, cover with a damp but tightly wrung out cloth, then let the dough rise again. (For about an hour at a temperature of 25℃.)
14. If the dough is too long, and won't fit in the banneton, fold over the end, then seal the seams closed again on the top.
15. Preheat the oven when the dough rises. If you have 2 baking trays, preheat both of them together in the oven. (Use the steam function, if available.)
16. After the dough finishes rising, place a sheet of parchment paper over the banneton, then flip it over while securing it with your hand.
17. Carefully lift the banneton, and slash the center of the dough, then drizzle on oil over the cut to prevent it from drying out.
18. From a distance, mist the dough 5-6 times with water.
19. Bake for 5 minutes at 250℃, then reduce the temperature to 230℃ and bake for another 5 minutes. Remove the top baking tray, then bake at 220℃ for 20 more minutes (for a total of about 30 minutes). Adjust the baking time to suit your preferred finish.
20. Try making a round pain de campagne using Lys d'Or Campagne (Recipe ID: 1830356)
21. Here is a soft loaf made with Lys d'Or flour, quickly prepared in a bread machine with lots of yeast: (Recipe ID: 986008).
22. I bake my bread in between two baking sheets, but feel free to bake it in your own style. Adjust the temperature to your preference.
23. Addendum: When using dry yeast, allow the dough to double in size on the first prove. Do not punch down the dough. Steps 6 and onward will be the same as when baking with natural leaven.

Story Behind this Recipe

Although there's room for improvement in both presentation and content, this is the way I bake this bread.
Since there are only a few bread eaters in our home, I tend to bake versatile and simple bread that we can use a variety of dishes.