Posted: August 3rd, 2011 | Author: tinytearoom | Filed under: Recipe - Baking | Tags: artisan bread recipe, easy bread recipe, flour water recipe, french bread recipe, traditional recipe | 43 Comments »
Carrying on from my previous post, my fascination with homemade bread continues. I am currently in my second week of of nurturing a sourdough starter and it is bubbling away beautifully. I am too impatient to wait to the third week to make bread again so I pulled out this recipe from Richard Bertinet's book, Dough. This is a fabulous book for novice bread makers like myself. The book concentrates on technique and timing. There are some great informative step-by-step pictures and includes an in-depth 30 minute DVD. The book uses fresh yeast, I was unlucky on my last visit to the local deli, they had run out of fresh yeast and were not getting a delivery until the following week. With some advice from a friend on twitter I substituted it with instant dried yeast.
The result was glorious. This gorgeous bread was made with only 4 ingredients. It created a wonderfully chewy, soft, light as air crumb and the crust is thin and delicate, reminiscent of ciabatta. The whole process didn't take more than 2 hours. All of the hard work was in the first 30 minutes and the rest of the time the dough was rising in my microwave.
The unusual thing about this bread is its shape. The slit in the middle is deliberate and makes for a very sexy roll of bread.
Posted: July 30th, 2011 | Author: tinytearoom | Filed under: Recipe - Baking | Tags: artisan bread recipe, bread sponge method recipe, easy bread recipe, food from the pantry recipe, rose levy beranbaum bread recipe, rose levy beranbaum recipe, sourdough starter recipe | 32 Comments »
I always put making bread from scratch into the too hard basket. The thought of standing there and kneading dough for 30 minutes really put me off, not to mention the long rising times and the age old dispute about sourdough vs fresh yeast vs dry yeast. It was just easier to go to my local artisan bakery and buy a loaf for a few dollars. It only takes about 30 minutes to walk there and back.
That all changed a few months ago when I discovered CityHippyFarmGirl. She made gorgeous luscious loaves and it inspired me to begin my own sourdough starter. I did some research and settled on a recipe from one of my favourite food writers. I purchased organic rye flour and organic bread flour and followed the recipe as closely as possible. It failed on the fifth day. It stopped bubbling and emitted a vomit-like odour. I threw the entire thing in the bin and decided that I don't eat bread often enough to justify maintaining a starter.
Then my friend Richard recently began Project Sourdough. It made me think that perhaps I needed to build my confidence. Starting with sourdough was probably too ambitious for someone that had little experience. I started to flick through Rose Levy Beranbaum's The Bread Bible. Her chatty and friendly prose inspired me to create the Basic Hearth Bread. It uses instant dried yeast and is part white and wholemeal. The process was labour intensive and time consuming but I was rewarded with an amazing loaf of bread which was so much better than anything that came out of a bread machine. It is not yet as good as the stuff I buy from the artisan bakery but with patience and practice I think I will get there.
The recipe uses a sponge starter consisting of bread flour, wholemeal flour and water with the addition of some honey and a touch of instant yeast. It is then covered in a blanket of bread flour and yeast and left to sleep in the fridge overnight.