If you'd like more information about making your own bread, you can see this dedicated page
If you wish to increase or decrease the amount of dough, you can use this small converter
, just enter the quantity of flour, or water or leaven, and it will calculate automatically the weight of the other ingredients necessary. It's also possible that according to the quality of your flour, your dough will be too soft, not firm enough, in this case reduce the water volume.
The very small quantity of yeast (0.25%) is important for the rising of the bread. Note that the French legislation authorises bakers to add up to 2g yeast per kilo of dough in their "leavened bread", and this they do, even the most renowned...
You will find it's easier to succeed if you make large round loaves.
When familiar with this recipe, try the special breads
or the new leavened bread
(a bit more sophisticated).
Yeast in leaven-raised bread?
Many of you are puzzled by the presence of yeast in a leaven-raised bread. Here is a little clarification of the matter:
The yeast is there to make things easier; for a beginner leaven-raised bread is not easy to get right, especially first time. This is why these few added grams of yeast help. The dough rises more easily, even if your leaven is not at its best, and it makes a lighter crust.
There's nothing shocking in this. You should be aware that even some commercially produced breads advertised as “leavened”, also contain a little (more) yeast, for similar reasons, and it's perfectly legal.
In any case, there's no reason to be worried about yeast; it's not a chemical product. It too is a living organism, and it's not added to work against the leaven, rather something you can use alongside if you wish
. Being able to proclaim proudly, “I don't use any yeast!” is, in my humble opinion, rather overrated.
That said, adding a little yeast does have one slight drawback, in that it dulls the flavour of the bread somewhat. If you want to make leavened bread for its characteristic flavour, you'll lose a little, even with a small quantity of yeast.
In conclusion, I advise the following approach: if you are just starting out, add a little yeast. Then, once you have mastered the basics and can produce good bread, leave it out. You can then compare both methods and choose.
I'll finish with a short quotation: "I will make you a bread so good that that will not be an accompaniment anything else, but a food for gourmets"
(Actor Raimu for Author/Director Marcel Pagnol in the movie "The Baker's Wife").