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Tuesday, March 29, 2005

Oh, Brother; it's Bread!


I've always been a little...well, tense...when it comes to yeast. In this house, Matt makes the most of the bread. But I've been working on my 'fear'. Trying more yeast recipes.

Last week, I caught an episode of Sara's Secrets on Food TV: her guest was Brother Rick Curry, who had written the cookbook "The Secrets of Jesuit Breadmaking". The first thing they made was ' Brother's Bread'. And boy, did it look good!

So, just because, I gave it a try.

It was almost deliriously easy to make. Since I started the dough the night before Easter, I went with the slow, in-the-refrigerator, method of rising.
The next morning, after breakfast, I punched down the dough and formed it into loaves.

The interesting part was putting loaves into a cold oven, as well as spritzing them with, not water, but vinegar!

I gotta say, I liked the way they came out, though. Nice, crusty bread, with a very good taste.

This one's a keeper.

5 Thoughts for food:

At 9:20 AM, Blogger Cate said...

Gorgeous bread!!

At 1:59 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks. All things considered, I'm pretty happy with the outcome.

At 4:47 PM, Blogger Zarah Maria said...

I can't remember when the last time was I baked bread... Ouh! This looks lovely Stephanie, and tempting, too! Interesting method, with the cold oven...

At 4:58 PM, Blogger Stephanie said...

Thanks, Zarah. It really was easy to make, and obviously, the cold oven worked! You get tasty, crusty bread, and save a little on your heating bill!

At 8:29 PM, Blogger dexygus said...

looks great, stephanie. i haven't made bread at home in a long time. but when i did, i cheated by mixing the dough in a bread machine. i didn't have the patience to do it by hand, and my mixer wasn't very efficient. i got great results with the bread machine. but for mixing only!


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