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!
Bread is wonderful stuff. Date and oatmeal sounds yummy!
I'm drooling just from the picture! Congratulations on reclaiming your bread-space.
It actually had a faint cinnamon overtone. Go figure.
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
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.
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)
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!
That looks SO delicious! Glad you have your breadspace reclaimed. :D
It's new breadspace! I have enough countertop now!!! EEEEEE!!!!
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.
Amish butter! Mmmmmm!!!
I've heard good things about Beard on Bread.
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
I used a bread machine for a while, but I like doing it by hand.
And LOL--it is a bit egg-like!
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!
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.
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 :)
I aspire to one day bake bread that looks like the bread in your picture!
It's definitely tasty stuff!