|Stages:||Stage 1 sponge, Stage 2 sponge, Final dough|
|Leaven:||Rye sour culture|
|Start to Finish:||36-48 hours|
|Hands-on Time:||35-45 minutes|
|Yield:||Two 1½ lb./700 g loaves|
It recently occurred to me that most of the breads I’ve posted have been German and Eastern European, with an Alpine and Swedish bread thrown in for variety. But, in fact, those breads don’t begin to scratch the surface of rye’s diversity, so in the interest of broadening the map, I chose a French rye for my latest bake.
“A French rye?” you say. “Rye from the land of baguettes and batârds; épis, fougasses and boules?” To which I reply, “Indeed; for the French were eating rye long before wheat, and the rye traditions are still strong along the sandy coastal plains of Normandy and Brittany, the Basse-Alpes region of Provence, and in the Auvergne, which centers on the Massif Centrale – the vast volcanic highland that dominates south central France and accounts for about 15% of its total area.