☆Bread (strong) flour made from domestically grown wheat
☆Dry seed mix (usually has sesame, pumpkin, poppy, sunflower etc. seeds)
Natural leaven or bread starter
165 g or so
Mixed dried fruits (or dried figs)
Cream cheese (cut into small cubes)
50 to 60 g
Put the ☆ ingredients in a bowl, and mix them up with a whisk.
Add the starter and cut it in with a pastry scraper. Add the milk gradually until the dough is no longer floury, then knead it well.
Add the dried fruits (figs) and knead some more.
When the dough comes together, round it off, cover the bowl with plastic wrap, and start the 1st rising.
When the dough has increased to 2 to 2 1/2 times its original volume, the 1st rise is done!
Take the dough out onto a generously floured mat, and spread it out into a rectangle. Put half the cream cheese on one side of the dough...
...fold the dough in half, and add a bit more than half of the remaining cream cheese on one half...
...fold in half again, put the rest of the cream cheese in the middle, and wrap the dough around it.
Place the dough with the seam side facing up in a flour-dusted banetton, cover with plastic wrap and leave for the 2nd rising until the dough has increased to 1.5 to 2 times its original size.
Take the banetton carefully off the dough, and slash the top. Preheat the oven to 250°C, lower the heat to 230°C and bake for 25 to 28 minutes.
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Story Behind this Recipe
When I bought this dried seed mixture, I really wanted to make a pain de campagne with this combination.
During Steps 4 and 5, I punch the dough down once during its 1st rising. The baking time is a guideline only, so please adjust it according to your oven. In Step 11, if it looks like the top starting to burn, don't panic; just cover it with a piece of aluminium foil.