Tuesday, 16 March 2010

Bread, and the awesomeness thereof.


Well I fell off the Thing A Day bandwagon - surprise surprise - but only because my last couple of weeks at work were just too busy and exhausting and I was getting home, having a bite to eat and going straight to bed. But now I'm a happy housewife, for a little while anyway, and am filling my days with domestic things like cooking and sorting out our wilderness of a garden until my course starts. (Incidentally, there's a chance they might not get the numbers to run the course I really want to do, so if anyone is near Gloucester and wants to train to be a chef in three months, you should come along and make up the numbers!)

Anyway, I'd like to share with you one of the newest obsessions in my life. Since I've had a bit more time on my hands, I've discovered the joys of baking bread by hand. People always say it's therapeutic and they are completely right - kneading dough is like squidging the world's best stress ball, and the results are far nicer than anything you buy in Tesco (those awful plastic white sliced loaves... yeeeuch). We bought a bread machine last year and used it constantly, but it's now confined to the cupboard while I get my hands messy.


And like any baking, it's a bit like alchemy. Take random ingredients, mix them together, throw them in an oven, and they turn into something completely different. It's fantastic. You don't even need a recipe once you get the hang of baker's percentages.



This is my latest loaf. The top is a little darker than it would be normally, due to me forgetting to move the oven shelf down a bit, but it doesn't taste burnt and it made for very yummy toast once I'd spread cherry jam on it :)

Go on, give it a try, I promise it's easier than you think. If you're tempted, pick up a copy of the
River Cottage Bread Handbook, which is gorgeous and I've taken to carrying it around in my handbag. Is that a bit weird?

10 comments:

jacqueline said...

That bread looks so yummie! I hope you find some time now to rest and relax after a couple of busy weeks! Thanks for introducing us to River Cottage Bread Handbook! I wanna check it out. :) Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Jane said...

I don't think it's a bit weird to carry around a bread cookbook! I'd carry cookbooks around all the time if I could just stuff them into my overstuffed purse! I applaud your hopes and plans for a wonderful career change. That's something I can completely relate to, as I'm doing the same sort of thing. You have a lovely blog, and I'm so glad to have found it. I look forward to visiting regularly!
:) Jane

easy said...

還是喜歡這裡-支持你.........................

ARUNA said...

This bread looks gorgeous!!!

Margaret said...

I hope you enjoy your course. I went for a year on a City & Guilds Patissiers course and it was really fun. If they had done an express course like you are going to do I would sign up again.
The bread looks great and I can just smell and taste it now!

jacqueline said...

Dear Aveen, i hope all is well and that you are good. I've finally the time to check out this book "River Cottage Bread Handbook" ~ it looks wonderful! Have a lovely merry happy day and love to you!

Lila said...

I think that bread looks buttery delicious. Secretly, I like the taste of burnt toast, so the top of that loaf looks really good!
Lila Ferraro
Queen Bedroom Sets

雅芳 said...

I love readding, and thanks for your artical. ........................................

Hilary said...

How appropriate that you've just posted a bread recipe - because you're the winner of my bread-baking giveaway! If you pop me an email with your address to letherbakecake at gmail dot com, I'll get your prize in the post!

Little Hands said...

The bread looks amazing! It looks like it was bought from a bakers. It's definitely not weird to carry around cookbooks. I read them in the bath sometimes which my boyfriend thinks is weird!

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