Baking Tartine Walnut Bread at Home

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Tim is an amateur baker. Emphasis on the amateur. His favourite part of baking is eating the results.

Use flour liberally

Put a lot of flour on the cloth. Otherwise, the bread might stick to the cloth when you're trying to transfer it into the oven and you might tear the skin.

Put a lot of flour on the cloth. Otherwise, the bread might stick to the cloth when you're trying to transfer it into the oven and you might tear the skin.

Overview

Tartine is a bakery in San Francisco that is known for their wonderful bread. They wrote a book giving out their recipes. Today, my girlfriend and I tried to make their walnut bread. This is not a quick bread to make. We started at noon and took it out of the oven a little after midnight. There was a couple of hours it could be left to sit (we went and watched a movie) but otherwise it needs a lot of attention. If you want to make this bread I encourage you to get the book. They have lots of pictures and fairly good descriptions. Here, I will give some extra hints for the casual home baker like myself.

Scale it

Use a digital scale

Use a digital scale

Are we there yet?

Yes, it really does take 12 hours!

Yes, it really does take 12 hours!

Use a clear container.

Use a clear container. This makes it easier to see the dough rising without uncovering it all the time.

Use a clear container. This makes it easier to see the dough rising without uncovering it all the time.

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Name your starter

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Toast the walnuts right after the first kneading so they are ready to mix in after the second kneading.

Toast the walnuts right after the first kneading so they are ready to mix in after the second kneading.

Take the knob off your dutch oven

Take the knob off your dutch oven before putting it in the oven. Our cracked off from the very high temperature.

Take the knob off your dutch oven before putting it in the oven. Our cracked off from the very high temperature.

Have fun! You're almost there!

Have fun! You're almost there!

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Questions & Answers

Question: What is the name of that cat?

Answer: Her name is Sasha

Comments

PiaC from Oakland, CA on June 14, 2011:

What an awesome Hub! I love the pictorial story telling. The cat's expression has to be my favorite part of this Hub :)

jamestedmondson from San Francisco on June 09, 2011:

I meant to say "bread" and not "break." OBVIOUSLY.

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 08, 2011:

Tim, will you make the almond croissants and bring them in?

jamestedmondson from San Francisco on June 08, 2011:

Tim, what a great Hub. So happy to have this show up in my feed. Great photos.

My dad always told me "If your girlfriend makes break, make her your wife."

Something to think about.

Simone Haruko Smith from San Francisco on June 06, 2011:

These are some fabulous tips! I LOVE the starter names! That tip about the flour is super helpful, too. I could have really used that tip many botched baking experiments ago, hahaa XD

Paul Edmondson from Burlingame, CA on June 06, 2011:

That's awesome. I love their bread and sometimes order it to pick it up on my way home. Much easier when we lived in Noe Valley.

Did it turn out like it comes from the bakery?