Sourdough Batards from Home Page

Sourdough Batards from Home Page

Howdy…first post here for me. I’ve been playing with a sourdough starters and making loaves mostly as a hobby lately. I ran across your site and was blown away by the pic of the batards. I don’t even know what a batard is but looks awesome 🙂 Anyways, learned a lot of lingo just dissecting the recipe such as Autolyse. My question, is this really needed for that long of period?? I just looked back at it and see that it can be 1-10 hours so I guess a couple of hours isn’t that big of a deal but I’ve never hreard this, not that I have any idea what I’m doing anyways. Maybe I just need to understand what it really does? Also, what’s a couche? Can I bake the bread in it? Like put it directly in a dutch oven?

Thanks again for any help!!

Source: Fresh Loaf