THE BREAD IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE BREAD

 

James Brown cries it out loud,

“This is a man’s world, this is a man’s world.

But it wouldn’t be nothing, nothing without a woman or a girl”

 

You see, the master of soul explains it all to us in his lyrical way. WE ARE NOTHING IF WE ARE WITHOUT SOUL. Therefore, we have to RE-INVENT ourselves and the things we do when we have lost track. This simple but strong concept is made clear to us most of the time by people who are passionate about the things they do in life.

 

FULL MOON SPARKS YOUR PASSION
FULL MOON SPARKS YOUR PASSION

 

Baker Vincent Talleu, a Frenchman from the Lorraine region,  is one of those passionate re-inventors. His motto is best captured in “THE BREAD IS DEAD, LONG LIVE THE BREAD”.

In a tantalizing, hyperactive and inspiring manner he works his way through his daily routines. The pumping music under the videos he posts on the internet is further accelerated by his seemingly unstoppable energy. His dedication to the job is so inspiring that it is more contagious than the flu. Before you know it it grabs your imagination and makes you longing for a wonderful, super smelling loaf of bread.

 

A CREATION OVERNIGHT
A CREATION OVERNIGHT

 

As a drop-out of the France university system, Vincent headed to the big City of London where his sister was already making her living. Working his way through several jobs, such as making sandwiches, cappuccino’s  and reheating pizza slices, his attention was drawn to the daily fresh delivered bread. Ignoring his bosses’ discouragements in the bread-direction, he finally became a student at the well respected “South Bank University” in London where the National Bakery school is located.

 

YOU HAVE TO FIRE UP YOUR SYSTEM FOR THE BEST RESULT
YOU HAVE TO FIRE UP YOUR SYSTEM FOR THE BEST RESULT

 

After becoming a professionally trained baker he worked at different locations like “Exeter Street Bakery”, “Born and Bread Bakery” and “The Artisan Bakery”, all of these places take their bread seriously. On the other end of the market cotton wool is sold on the British supermarket bread isles, which is so far away from real variations and quality that once you have tasted the real thing there is no going back.

One video of Vincent is especially worth watching. It shows you how to make a good loaf in your home oven in his own, french originated, humor, seemingly based in the tradition of Jacque Tati and Rémi Gaillard combined. It is a must watch for home bakers in the making and people who think English with a French accent is sexy.

 

ONCE YOU GET THE RHYTHM, YOU CAN NOT STOP
ONCE YOU GET THE RHYTHM, YOU CANNOT STOP

 

So what are you waiting for? …….Let’s get started….First thing…….Watch the video of Vincent to get an idea of  what you are up against.

Vincent home made ‘Easy bread”    click here

 

SIMPLE BEAUTY
SIMPLE BEAUTY

 

THE THINGS YOU NEED

an Oven

an oven resistant pot with a lid, this can be a casserole (Dutch Oven), frying pan, Pyrex (glass) or ceramic pot

any bowl that fits the dough

1 kilo of stone ground organic (whole wheat) flour

700 ml/grams of water

2 teaspoons salt

1/2 teaspoon dry yeast or fresh if you prefer it

 

HOW TO DO IT

Mix the dry ingredients in a bowl

Now add the water and stir with the back of a wooden spoon to a consistent dough

Cover the bowl with clingfilm and let it rest for 12 hours

Next, put the dough on your counter top with some flour around it

Fold the side of the dough closest to you half way, and flip the opposite site over it and press it down a bit

Move it a quarter turn, and repeat the folding drill until the dough is firm

Use the same bowl and put a towel in, which you dust with some flour, and put in the dough

Sprinkle some more flour on top and cover with the slips of the towel and leave for another 2 hours to rest

Preheat your oven to its maximum temperature with the casserole or pan already inside

Flour the bottom of the hot casserole and gently toss in the dough

Make some cuts with a sharp knife in the top of the dough so steam can escape

Put it in the oven with the lid on and bake for 30 minutes

Bake for another 15 minutes with the lid slightly open, to let more vapor out

Bake for another 10 minutes without the pot

Do not burn your bread, but well browned will give it much more taste and durability

It will take some time to make this super bread, but it wont take much of your time !!!

Once you get the hang of it, it will be easy peasy for you

 

MMMMM    I already smell your creation

 

 

SKIP THE SUPERMARKET ISLES
SKIP THE SUPERMARKET ISLES

 

 

Special thanks to Vincent for the interview, and thanks to my son, who pointed out Vincent’ s videos to me.

 

Vincent home made ‘Easy bread”    click here

Vincent in his element   click here

“Gipsy valley” music under the video above    click here

Vincent’s website   click here

 

James Brown / This is a man’s world       click here

South Bank University in London     click here

Rémi Gaillard and his humor click here

 

 

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