Earlier this week, I happened upon this post over at the PPK. Ok, “happened upon” isn’t quite true. I jumped on it. But really, it was about making bread and the idea of doing it in 5 minutes because you have dough stored in your fridge. Being the bread lover I am, I had to get the book.
So far, I’ve made 4 breads from the book, all starting with the master recipe. The photo above is right before I put it in the fridge. From here, you can grab a hunk and bake with it for up to two weeks.
I got a better container to store it in. I couldn’t sacrifice my soup pot even for bread. The soup pot gets used 3-4 times a week. As much as I love bread, I couldn’t let that pot be out of rotation.
Here’s the very first loaf, a boule. I should have cut the top better, but that didn’t affect the taste. Fantastic crust, great flavor and a really nice soft crumb.
Then I tried ciabatta. No photo on that one, but let me tell you, it’s the best ciabatta I ever made. I have a hard time getting nice air bubbles in ciabatta and this had them!
Now it was time to try adding stuff to the bread. My first attempt was the olive fougasse, but I didn’t have quite enough olives so I subbed in some sundried tomatoes. This is the my favorite loaf so far and I neglected to get a photo of it. But it had this wonderful salty, buttery thing going on and we ate it really fast. It goes great with wine!
Disclaimer: the book isn’t entirely vegan. Some of the recipes use ‘enriched dough’ which contains eggs or dairy. I haven’t tried to veganize any of the other recipes yet, but I think it will probably be do-able. If you get the book and try one, please let me know!
And….this was going to be my Halloween post but I never got around to posting them because I was so busy making bread. They are tester cookies for Isa and Terry’s cookie book. The orange sugar is my own crazy idea.