Friday, January 30, 2009

The Budding Bread Artisan

Don't come near me with anymore bread! I will attack!

What I want my bread to look like

What my bread actually looks like

Overbaked and brick like- sigh!

Not bad but not good

Hi all! Among the current bees in my bonnet... besides starting to blog again... is the urge to master bread baking- and I don't mean with the bread machine. I invested in Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible. Wow! A lot of science is in a simple loaf of bread. Could that be why I'm having issues producing a "perfect" loaf? I never was any good at science. Besides a coffee cake (which I don't count because there wasn't any yeast involved) I have not had success with the recipes. I will keep trying!

I'm teaching a Titus Two meeting for my church in February on bread baking so I'm on the mission to find a great basic recipe. I'm turning my attention to Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day by Jeff Hertzberg and Zoe Francois. I have heard about the book and around Christmas I picked up a copy of Mother Earth News (another topic to blog about) because the cover promised easy crusty bread in 5 minutes a day. The article was about and had excerpts from the Hertzberg/Francois book. So I'm going to give their basic recipe a try. I also have a copy of the book on hold for me at our local library.
So this weekend my family gets more bread. They aren't exactly jumping for joy. But I will keep trying until I master this process! People have been baking bread in some form since God created the earth and us so I must be able to do this- right?


Kara S. said...

Welcome back to blogging, Cyndi!!! :)

I've tried my hand at baking bread too with some rather unpleasant attempts. The recipe that I love making now is called "Grandmother Bread." Other than some struggles with baking time to make sure the center is done, the basic bread and its variations have always been edible and tasty. Here's the link:

Cyndi Lewis said...

Hey Kara,
Good to hear from you. I was at Suzanne's blog earlier today and was looking at that recipe. Now that you have endorsed it, I will have to try it. It is good to be back!