Monday, July 30, 2007

Back to Basics...sort of

I was in a funk on the weekend, don't ask me why, it's not worth going into details. But having woken up early on Sunday (and not getting back to sleep cuz there was a freight train next to me) I decided to do some baking.

I checked out my yeast, which to my surprise, was still good. I've been using a book that shows how to use the microwave to proof bread, and their pictures always showed beautiful breads whereas my breads were always kinda blah. But I think I finally figured it out.

Their recipes use a food processor to make the dough, and for the longest time I only had a mixer. Albeit, it had a dough hook, but it didn't seem to do for the bread dough, what the processor managed for some reason. So lo and behold, by using the food processor, I managed to make bread as beautiful as what they showed on the cover of the book. Now if they'd only show how to make brioche using the food processor.

One way or another, hubby got to wake up to fresh baked bread, and even though it wasn't kneaded all by hand and set to proof for half a day, it still made him happy.

6 comments:

Rosie said...

I'm sorry you were in a funk! I hope you are feeling better and you're able to stop the freight train by pinching it's nose!

I remember the smell of fresh baked bread... I used to make bread, but then we stopped eating so much of it and I never made it again. My mother makes sourdough bread using a starter that she keeps "alive". Gooooooooood stuff. And hey, your hubby doesn't have to know you cheated on that bread, it tastes just as good!

ShadesOfGrey said...

Cute saying, Rosie. :) Remind me not to test it out though!

I bought some sourdough starter, but it's sat in the fridge so long I don't know it'll work now. Think I got it shortly before going to Vancouver. Bad timing.

Didn't we have that discussion about your not eating breads anymore, Rosie?

ShadesOfGrey said...

Oh, BTW, I'm not heartless...I already gave Epi her hug through e-mail. ;)

Epicure68 said...

Thank you both. I do feel tons better, got a nap and didn't even have to imbibe. How's that for behaving? ;-)

I know, we shouldn't eat so much bread, but it was soooo good, esp. with some fruitlano (or something like that) and welsh cheese with mustard seed and ale, along with some red wine, it made for the perfect lunch.

Rosie said...

Yep Shades, we had that discussion alright. I don't eat white bread anymore, just the 100% whole wheat stuff. I ate a cardboard box lid yesterday without realizing it...

ShadesOfGrey said...

Heh heh...Rosie, you're funny! :)