Friday, October 7, 2011
A little dark, but I'll take it. I made challah bread yesterday, just because it seemed like the thing to do. I like the crunchiness of the crust, actually. I think my favorite part is thumping the bottom of the loaf to see if it's done - sounds just like a drum. For anyone afraid to try their hand at baking bread, try this one - it's so easy, from the Joy of Cooking, no changes, no fancy ingredients. I kneaded it twice (once in the bowl, once on an oiled cutting board), let it rise three times (first in the oven which I had warmed slightly, then in the fridge, then on top of the stove while I made dinner). I didn't use any machinery - just a bowl, a wooden spoon and my hands. You can do this! Next on my list of things to try: pop-overs. I'll keep you posted.