Monday, December 27, 2010

Homemade bread that will change your life

While many people were undoubtedly busy baking cookies and pies on Christmas, this year, I decided to bake bread. It was my first time, but with my love of a good loaf, my trusty Le Creuset (Alan calls it the iPot since it's so fancy shmancy, haha), and this awesome recipe, I baked two perfect loaves. The first was a test loaf because even though this recipe has gotten rave reviews, I was a bit wary that it might actually be trickier than it seemed. Aside from a bit of planning around the long rise (about 20 hours), it was so easy to make. And the taste... oh, the taste. It had a perfect crust-- crispy, slightly chewy, substantial, but definitely not too tough-- and a super moist interior with an open irregular crumb structure. (Note: crumb is a term that bakers use to define the inside/holey-ness of the bread. I learned this after this baking experience and am tucking this tidbit away for the next cocktail party I go to -- being the life of the party takes a lot of work! ;)

This bread starts out like the ugly duckling. When I first mixed the ingredients together, I looked in the bowl and was sure I did something wrong. It looked like a big mess, but sure enough, 20 hours later (I had aimed for just 18, but got carried away with holiday fun) it had turned into a nice dough.

I formed the dough into a ball and marveled at its swan-like beauty.

We devoured the entire first loaf with just a bit of butter and some salami -- you know, just to make sure it was Christmas-dinner worthy :). I made the next loaf on Christmas morning, and after I pulled it out of the oven, I stuck my face in close and just inhaled. The smell of fresh baked bread is something else.

(Christmas dinner plate)


{BlueEyedYonder} said...

You can't beat homemade bread. My hubby is a total carb lover. He loves breads of any sort. We have never made any homemade bread, well we did make some yeast rolls this Thanksgiving that were mighty tasty, but this big loaf has my mouth drooling. Yum! We'll have to try it. And "ipot"... I'm still laughing. :-)

Sobrina Tung said...

it's so easy to make, i'd definitely recommend it!

raven said...

store bought fresh french bread is already life changing in my book. this may put me into true carb heaven - looks SOOOOO good!!!


OccasionalSugar said...

Good job! I've done bread but it's always a frustrating task. I'll try this recipe for sure. It's absolutely beautiful!

change your life said...

Nice post dud!!! I really like it..

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