Pain de campagne- if at first you don’t succeed….try, try,

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It's a red letter day here in my guernsey kitchen – I can finally announce and show a more than edible sour dough. Drum roll! Patience and perseverance finally paid off as I found a sour dough starter which worked for me. This one originates from the King Arthur flour website and has no 'fancy' stimulants like grated apple, grapes or raisins, just dark rye to start off the whole process. If you haven't been successful with sourdough starters in the past but don't want to give up, then I'd give the King Arthur method a try.

Just turned out of the cane banneton


I get the impression that pain de campagne (country bread) is a standard first step on the sour dough ladder, so I hope I can keep the starter alive! I used a scaled back version of Paul Hollywood's recipe from his how to bake.

Onward and upward…..



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hi! i am Anne (hence vANNilla) - two 'N's autocorrect WILL autocorrect - grrrrrr I can most often be found cooking up a storm in the kitchen,(with my trusty thermomix) behind a camera or a kindle. If you are a traveller/photographer my bog is @vannilla If you have come as a baker my blog is i studied economics in Edinburgh in the early 70's; now retired from a day job, on paper i have plenty of time to explore the blogosphere and enjoy the shared experiences of others. like every other retiree i know we wonder how we fitted in a day job. I split my time between Guernsey,. In the Channel Islands -a 20-odd square mile island with 60thousand+ inhabitants- and Phoenix, Arizona. The mix is perfect- the former is beautiful but attacks of cabin fever are never too far away. Arizona, on the other hand IS king of the open road and has THE biggest bluest sky EVER. my blogs revolve around baking (vannillarock) and photography/travel if you like what you see please do start a conversation :)

2 thoughts on “Pain de campagne- if at first you don’t succeed….try, try,”

    • Couldn’t agree more, Nikki, re not being fan of PH. That’s why it took me ages to buy one of his books. You are right though, he knows his bread ( but I didn’t have luck with his sour dour starter!). Thanks for commenting 🙂 anne

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