Bien Cuit

Bien Cuit

The Art of Bread

Book - 2015
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Bien Cuit introduces a new but decidedly old-fashioned approach to bread baking to the cookbook shelf. In the ovens of his Brooklyn bakery, Chef Zachary Golper bakes loaves that have quickly won over New York's top restaurants and bread enthusiasts around the country. His secret: long, low-temperature fermentation, which allows the bread to develop deep, complex flavours and a thick, mahogany-coloured crust - what the French call bien cuit, or 'well baked'. Golper recreates classic breads for the home baker along with an assortment of innovative 'gastronomic breads'.
Publisher: New York :, Regan Arts,, 2015.
Edition: First Regan Arts hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781941393413
Branch Call Number: 641.815 Gol
Characteristics: ix, 324 pages : illustrations (chiefly colour) ; 27 cm


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Apr 14, 2017

This is a beautiful-looking book, with unique binding and rich photographs. It's recipes are interesting. But, as a home baker, you should be prepared to spend a weekend with your bread loaf, as most of the recipes take a couple of days to complete. So far, I've tried one recipe (Pan Pugliese). I found you need to read the recipes carefully, as they are complex in terms of rest/rise/stretch times. I made one goof, but rectified it.
The bread came out looking gorgeous, a true work of art! It took a lot of time and attention, however. So if you are stuck at home in a snowstorm or prolonged hurricane, I would definitely recommend the recipes in this book. Or if you just don't mind having a prolonged relationship with your loaf, go for it!.
**** 1/2 I've been using this Bien Cuit technique, but shortening the rise times by doubling the amount of two yeasts called for. Let the starter ferment 3-4 hours, mix it with main dough, knead, let rise 45 min, put in refrigerator overnight, remove, let rise at rm temp 1 hour, then bake in Dutch Oven as directed in recipe. Looks lovely, tastes good!

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