Franche-Comté sticks

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  1. 40 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #1
    Boil the Morteau sausage using as little water as possible. For once, prick with a fork or knife point to add flavour to the cooking water.

    Leave to cook then remove the sausage and save 250 g water for making the bread dough.
  2. Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #2
    In bread-making, the water temperature is always important. It's not a fixed value, but related to 3 other temperatures: 1) the temperature of your flour, 2) the room temperature in your kitchen, and 3) the basic temperature of this recipe, which is 58-64°C.

    You can calculate the temperature of the water for this recipe in one click, using this small calculator.
  3. 15 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #3
    Put into a food processor bowl: 500 g flour, 250 g water at the correct temperature, 250 g leaven,9 g salt and 4 g yeast.

    Knead on the slowest speed for 10 minutes, then on the next speed for 3 minutes.

    Note: For the best way to knead, see: A few tips for effective kneading at home.
  4. 10 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #4
    Cut 200 g Morteau sausage into small dice.
  5. 2 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #5
    Add the diced sausage and 200 g cancoillotte metton to the dough mixture.
  6. 3 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #6
    Knead for a few more minutes until well mixed.
  7. 2 hoursFranche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #7
    Gather the dough into a ball, put into a clean bowl and cover with a sheet of plastic. Leave to rest for 2 hours.
  8. 30 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #8
    After this time, cut the dough into 8 pieces of the same weight and roll these into balls.

    Cover these with a sheet of plastic and leave to rest for 30 minutes.
  9. 1 hour 30 min.
    Then shape the balls into sticks ('ficelles' in French), as shown in this video.

    As you finish them, lay them on a baking sheet. Cover with a sheet of plastic and leave to rest for 1 hour 30 minutes.
  10. 2 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #10
    Preheat the oven to 240°C (460°F).

    'Slash' the tops of the sticks...
  11. 15 min.Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #11
    ...and bake for around 15 minutes.

    Note: As when baking any bread, you should ensure that the oven is filled with steam for the first 15 minutes of baking. This page shows you how; it really is the secret of golden-brown, crusty loaves..
  12. Franche-Comté sticks : Photo of step #12
    Serve in slices.

Remarks:

It is not essential to use the water from cooking the sausage to make the bread dough, but it adds flavour.

If you don't have Morteau sausage, you can use another smoked sausage. If you cannot get cancoillotte metton, you can use grated cheese.

And to drink?

A dry white wine, such as a Jura, Savigin or Chardonnay, or a light red, such as a Poulsard.

Source:

Home made.

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