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.
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.
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.
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.
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
THE THINGS YOU NEED
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
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