A long slow recipe, not that much effort if you’re around the house all day. Inspired by this recipe.
Start the bread the day before. My starting point was this recipe, adapted for my starter and the bread machine.
The recipe will serve 6-8 but I make it for two and have lots of leftovers.
Night before -at 9pm (ish) – mix levain rest 12 hours (ish)
9am – into machine – 3.5 hour cycle
12:30- rest 3 hours
3:30 – shape, rest 1 hour
4:30 – bake
5:00 – cool 1 hour
6:00 – eat
The night before- mix:
20g white flour
20g rye flour
20g starter (no need to refresh as long as you baked in the last week)
Leave it tightly covered, out of the fridge, overnight.
In the morning:
Put the above mix (levain) in the bread machine and add…
500g white flour
Pinch of salt
Set the machine to a French bread cycle if you have it- or a standard dough cycle of at least 2 hours.
(Now start your Bourgignon…)
Allow the resulting dough to rest 6 hours or as long as you can. 3 hours on a warm day worked fine.
Then divide the dough into four. Shape each piece into a baguette using plenty of flour. Rest for another hour, while the oven heats to 250c.
Slash the tops and brush with a little water before putting them in the oven for 10 minutes.
After 10 minutes, turn the oven down to 200c for a further 10.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for at least 1 hour on a rack.
10 medium beets (I make this when I have a glut, you can reduce the beetroot and up the carrot if necessary), scrubbed and peeled
3 medium carrots, peeled
4 tablespoons olive oil
4 sprigs of fresh thyme, leaves only
15g (half a pack) of dried mixed mushrooms, soaked in hot water for 10 minutes or more (keep the soaking water)
2 medium onions
4 cloves of garlic
4 fresh or smoked tomatoes, or 1/2 tin or chopped tomatoes
250ml red wine (vegan)
3 fresh bay leaves
150g puy or green lentils
10 pearl onions (if you can get them)
1 teaspoon arrowroot or cornflour
Salt and pepper
Start this in the morning, the longer the flavours have together the better it will taste. You can pull it out of the oven at any time and do something else, or do everything first thing, and then leave it to rest. Use a timer to keep track of how long things have been in the oven and you won’t have to think at all.
Preheat the oven to 200c.
Cut the beetroot into large chunk,- probably quarters, and the carrot into chunky sticks.
Toss in 3 tablespoons of olive oil and add the thyme leaves, in an oven-safe pan that has a lid.
Roast for 30 minutes, then turn the oven down to 180c.
Finely chop the onion and garlic. Roughly chop the tomatoes and mix it all in, then return to the oven with 1 more tablespoon of oil, for 20 minutes. If you are using tinned tomatoes then add them at the next stage.
Then drain and chop the mushrooms and add to the pot with the bay leaves, wine, tinned tomatoes and pearl onions (if you are using them), the soaking liquid from the mushrooms and a little water if necessary to cover everything.
Return to the oven and cook for 20 minutes. Put the lid on and give it a further 20…
Then switch it off with the pan inside.
Boil the puy lentils in vegetable stock until just tender.
When you want to eat in an hour…
Add the puy lentils and heat gently on the stove.
Serve with your baguettes, a salad and sunshine.