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Bread is home [Aug. 5th, 2011|04:43 pm]
Zoethe
Just baked my first loaf of bread in the newly finished kitchen.



Bread was a habit prior to the kitchen remodel, but I fell out of the habit when the kitchen was torn up and there was no counter space. Now, I'm back to it.

It's astounding to me how quickly and easily my mind assigned the short leg of the "L" shaped counter my baking space. It just felt right, and that space hasn't seen much use up until now. And I wanted to hand-knead rather than use the Kitchen Aid. It's not a lot of work when you start with a poolish the night before and leave plenty of time for the dough to autolyse before kneading. In point of fact, my planned half hour autolyse ended up being almost an hour and a half. After than length of time? Kneading only took about 5 minutes.

Bread is not as hard as people think. It's time-consuming, yes. But the amount of time involved is limited at each stage, and much of the rising can be done slowly in the fridge.

I've been at this long enough that I can made a basic bread without a recipe, but I don't do it without a scales. I'm not an expert, though, and there are lots of good bread books out there. The book I've used to learn is Artisan Baking by Maggie Glezer. I have a lot more learning to do, and I want to expand the kinds of bread I can bake.

But for now, it's time to slice the bread.

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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2011-08-05 08:55 pm (UTC)
My hubby loves to bake. In fact, the big joke is when he says "I think I'll make plain white bread". He can never do it! His latest was date and oatmeal bread. Yummy, yummy!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-05 09:02 pm (UTC)
Bread is wonderful stuff. Date and oatmeal sounds yummy!
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From: anonymousalex
2011-08-05 09:21 pm (UTC)
I'm drooling just from the picture! Congratulations on reclaiming your bread-space.

-Alex
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-05 09:32 pm (UTC)
It's very yummy.
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[User Picture]From: theferrett
2011-08-05 09:45 pm (UTC)
It actually had a faint cinnamon overtone. Go figure.
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-05 10:06 pm (UTC)
that looks delicious. i've so got to get back into bread baking. i used to all the time. then we moved into an apartment with zero counter space, and i got out of it. :( we've been here three years now and have that nice, new beautiful kitchen. i need to get off my ass. lol
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[User Picture]From: mariadkins
2011-08-05 10:08 pm (UTC)
this reminds me of the time my great grandmother and i forgot to put the yeast into the dough .... :snort: ... we made bricks. it was SO FUNNY.
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[User Picture]From: oceansedge
2011-08-05 10:11 pm (UTC)
Bread is something I've only really started to feel competent with in the last year.... and it's been a revelation to me (in large part because I couldn't do a decent bread without my bread machine to save my life prior to that)

What changed? A lot of little things... a GOOD thermometer helped, changing flours, my kitchen aid for kneading (my arthritis does tend to slow down my kneading some) and a bit of good advice here and there.

My go to recipe I acquired from Chef Michael Smith, as a no knead, no fuss, simple, rustic, basic bread it cannot be beat as a daily loaf. I'd tried my hand at a few rustic style breads prior to that and it just didn't work. Simplicity and time really were the magic. I love that it doesn't take much to change it up from a sandwich bread to an artisanal french loaf to a multigrain. From there my foccacia - again dead simple but it's never failed me... is a delight. I'm starting to gain a lot more confidence and I'm slowly attempting more complex recipes (I *LOVE* my Julia Child bread book)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 12:26 am (UTC)
I want to get more breads under my belt. This loaf is almost automatic with me, but I want to expand my repertoire. I want the Julia book!
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[User Picture]From: creentmerveille
2011-08-05 11:31 pm (UTC)
That looks SO delicious! Glad you have your breadspace reclaimed. :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 12:37 am (UTC)
It's new breadspace! I have enough countertop now!!! EEEEEE!!!!
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[User Picture]From: mplsindygirl
2011-08-05 11:33 pm (UTC)
If I recall correctly, you have a most excellent source for butter to go on that bread.
I enjoy using Beard on Bread by James Beard. Mostly for quick breads, but once fall comes, I may try yeast breads again. Your breads always look so lovely.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 12:38 am (UTC)
Amish butter! Mmmmmm!!!

I've heard good things about Beard on Bread.
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[User Picture]From: dragondances
2011-08-06 12:14 am (UTC)
I kind of want to learn how to make bread, but almost everyone I know who does just uses a bread machine. Which is tasty, but seems to defeat the purpose.

Also, when I first skimmed my flist I thought that was an egg, which made perfect sense in my brain because of your usericon. At least until I actually looked at it and realised it was in an oven and therefore gigantic... and then I read the first sentence and things *finally* clicked. :P
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 01:21 am (UTC)
I used a bread machine for a while, but I like doing it by hand.

And LOL--it is a bit egg-like!
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[User Picture]From: blessed_oak
2011-08-06 01:15 am (UTC)
I think I need a better thermometer - I've had bad luck with yeast. My mom can just feel it, but I sure can't!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 01:35 am (UTC)
It's better to go cooler than warmer, and figure on a longer rise time. The "warm, draftless rise" is not the best way to rise bread.
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[User Picture]From: fitfool
2011-08-06 01:52 am (UTC)
oooh...your bread looks like it has a nice crust to it too! I aspire to some day be able to bake bread from scratch without too much thinking about it :)
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 01:56 am (UTC)
I aspire to one day bake bread that looks like the bread in your picture!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2011-08-06 01:08 pm (UTC)
It's definitely tasty stuff!
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