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Artisan French Bread Recipes – Pain De Campagne, Baguette, Viennoise Au Chocolat

French Artisan Bread Recipes

Our cookery classes are as much about learning to cook as they are a sociable experience. We hope you enjoyed your day and are ready to recreate the bakes at home.

You Baked:

  • Pain de Campagne
  • French Baguette
  • Viennoise Au Chocolat

Pain de Campagne

Pain de campagne means “country bread” in French; it’s our rustic equivalent of a sourdough.



  • Bread flour 393g
  • Cold Water 236g
  • Yeast 0.6g


  • Bread flour 320g
  • Water 170g
  • Yeast instant: 7.5ml
  • Salt 12.5g


  1. A day ahead, mix all the starter  ingredients in a medium bowl.

  2. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to ferment overnight, i.e. about 12 hours at room temperature.

Next Day:

  1. Add the water for the dough to the starter and mix thoroughly. 
  2. In a separate bowl, combine the flour and yeast.
  3. Mix the dry ingredients into the starter, as demonstrated in class.
  4. With the help of a dough scraper, combine the starter and dry ingredients to form a dough.
  5. Cover with cling film, set aside for 20 min, then we will add the remaining salt and combine well.
  6. Cover again and let it rest for an additional 30 min.
  7. When the dough is ready, cover the bench with a slight throw of flour and take out the dough from the bowl. We need to fold the dough 2 times with  30 min resting time in between.
  8. preheat the oven at 240C and half fill a deep oven dish with some water. Set a oven tray with parchment paper aside.
  9. As shown in class, gently flatten the dough on the bench and take the corner and bring it toward the center. When done, flip the side of the dough and by using you hand and finger stretch the dough by creating a circle.
  10. Flip the dough again and bring it back in the bowl with the stretch part of the dough against the bowl.
  11. While the dough is resting take your banneton and dust it with some flour all around. When the dough is ready put it on a dusty work bench with flour, knock back the dough gently and shape it in a oval form.
  12. Transfer the dough to the banneton keeping the bench side of the dough down as demonstrated in the class. Leave for 30-40 minutes.
  13. Transfer the dough from the banneton to the tray as shown. Take a sharp knife and score the dough, then dust the top with flour and semolina.
  14. Put eh tray of water into the oven and give it a minute to heat up. 
  15. Place in the preheated oven and bake for around 45 min or till the crust is formed with a nice colour.
  16. Take out and cool on a wire rack before eating. 

French Baguette

An overnight starter called a poolish will give your baguette a golden crust and chewy middle.



  • Bread flour 250g
  • Water: 250g
  • Yeast instant 5g
  • Malt syrup 8g (optional)


  • Bread flour 500g
  • Water 250g
  • Salt 13g
  • 7g yeast


  1. For the poolish, mix the flour with the yeast then add the water and the malt syrup. 
  2. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and let it develop overnight at room temperature.

To make the dough:

  1. In a bowl add the poolish and the water together. Mix it slightly to dissolve the poolish.
  2. In a separate bowl mix the flour and the salt then add the dry ingredients  to the poolish with the help of the scraper. Combine the flour water and sponge together to create a dough.
  3. Cover it then with clingfilm, set aside in a warm place for 20 minutes.
  4. After 20 mins, the dough will still be wet – possibly much wetter than you’re used to, but this is important for a delicious loaf. Either knead by hand for 10 mins, or in a mixer with a dough hook for 5-8 mins, until the dough firms up and becomes smooth and elastic. It will still feel sticky but have shape and spring.
  5. When done, place back into a bowl, seam down. Cover the bowl with a damp towel and let it rest  for 30 min.
  6. Knead for a second time, then with a little more flour, fold the dough inwards on itself to make a ball. It will be dry to touch on the outside, but pleasingly wobbly and alive within. Transfer to a lightly floured large bowl, cover with a clean tea-towel and let rise for 1½ hours in a warm, draft-free place until doubled in size.
  7. Preheat the oven at 240C and prep a bowl suitable for the oven with some water in. Set an oven tray with parchment paper aside
  8. Put some flour on the working bench and gently tip out the dough.
  9. With the help of the scraper and a scale, divide the dough in 2 pieces approx 350g each. Any leftover dough can be used for pizzas or frozen for future use.
  10. Working one at a time, press each piece of dough into a rough oval about 25cm long and 20cm deep. Fold one of the long sides to the middle and press it down well with your fingers. Fold in the other long edge in the same way, and press well again to make a long strip of dough with a groove down the centre. Now fold the dough over itself lengthways into a sausage, pressing the two sides together well in a tight seam against the worktop. Roll very lightly under your palms to seal and make the ends a little pointy.
  12. Place it on the oven tray and cover with cloth for about 10 min. Add the water to the oven to create steam (this process will help the dough to create a crunchy crust)
  13. Take a sharp knife  and score the top of the baguette, transfer the tray to the oven and bake the bread for about 20 min, or until golden-brown in colour.
  14. Cool on a wire rack before eating. 

Viennoise Au chocolat


  • 500g Flour
  • 200g (20cl) Milk
  • 60g Sugar
  • 2 each Eggs
  • 8g Dried yeast
  • 60g Soft butter
  • 2 tbsp warm water
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 50g dark chocolate chips


  1. 1 In a bowl mix the flour/ sugar/ yeast/ salt, to avoid killing the yeast add them in two separate places in the bowl.
  2. 2 Add the eggs the milk and start mix all the ingredients together.
  3. 3 Once the dough is formed you will need to add the soft butter and incorporate it well together, when it is done flour the bench and take out the dough from the bowl and form a ball, put the dough back into the bowl, cover with cling film and let it double the size for about 1 to 1hr 30.
  4. 4 When the dough double uses your scraper and ride off the gas within the dough, transfer it on the bench and shape it into a baguette form, divide it in 3 pieces.
  5. 5 Take each dough press it down gently and incorporate 1/3 of the chocolate chips, you can create a baguette shape or form a bowl shape, then let it rest one more time untill it doubles the size, about 20 minutes.
  6. 6 Preheat the oven to 180 Celsius. When the Viennoise reaches the desirable size use a baking brush and cover the dough with some egg yolk (with a pinch of salt) it will give a glossy aspect after the bake.
  7. 7 Based on the size of your Viennoise you should bake it in the oven for 15 to 25 min, you should look at a nice golden-brown colour to judge if it is fully baked or not.

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