Thursday, March 18, 2010

Bread, Bread and more Bread!

Some time ago, I happened upon the idea of Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day. I then went back to making things like banana bread and this fabulous beer bread because I was disappointed that ABin5 actually took more time than 5 mins before throwing it in the oven. I was still intimidated by all the time I needed to budget to allow it to rise. (Alright, I fully admit I probably wouldn't have survived a century ago and my fear of bread making was beyond silly) Anyway, a good friend and really cool librarian posted on facebook that she was giving it a shot. She graciously copied some pages and sent them to me. (As an aside, this is why I love librarians. They are sooo wonderfully helpful and eager to share awesome books.) Now that we have dough in the fridge and I've realized how easy it is, this is going to be deadly for our diet.

The initial rise:
The first loaf of whole wheat dough.

My attempt at white sandwich bread. I'm close, but it's not quite sandwich sized. In the meantime, my sandwich bread attempts may not be the right size, but they are delicious. Technically, I'd say I have also finished #95 on our 101 things list because this bread has been amazing, but I'm going to wait to declare it completed until I can get the sizing right for sandwiches.

There aren't enough words to describe how excited I am about this whole thing. Right now there's a batch of dough in the fridge and I'm debating if it will become bagels, pita bread or dinner rolls for my next experiment. Most importantly, Matthew also approves!

Also, in other culinary news, I made corned beef and cabbage for St. Patrick's day. I've never really liked it but used this recipe and it turned out rather well. I think rinsing the corned beef may have been key. Matthew also approved of this as well!

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