"[Breadbaking is] one of those almost hypnotic businesses,
like a dance from some ancient ceremony.
It leaves you filled with one of the world's sweetest smells...
there is no chiropractic treatment, no Yoga exercise,
no hour of meditation in a music-throbbing chapel,
that will leave you emptier of bad thoughts
than this homely ceremony of making bread."
---M. F. K. Fisher, ‘The Art of Eating’
My breadbaking adventure has taught me a lot.
I haven't made bread from scratch in years,
(I usually just buy artisan bread, or at times
make my own in the bread machine)
so this was fun.
I was not discouraged
even though my first loaf didn't turn out well.
(It was like a ton of bricks,
and very tough.
I wasn't sure if it was something I did
(oh no, it couldn't be THAT!... wink)
or maybe it was my homemade starter below,
(No...I'm sure I made that right too)
or maybe it was the recipe I used.
(that's got to be it... of course...teehee)
So I picked out another recipe,
a 'no knead' recipe at that...
and used my homemade sourdough starter as before,
and got busy again.
The second loaf is like heaven!
Just let me know if you want this no-knead recipe.
Now, I'm off to enjoy a slice of my bread...
with butter, and a glass of iced green tea with lemon.
“Good bread is the most fundamentally satisfying of all foods;
and good bread with fresh butter, the greatest of feasts.”
---James Beard (1903-1985)
Visit Kimmie for Tea on Tuesday.
Savor the Day!