I was feeling a bit disheartened after the last few breads. I enjoyed the Pizza Napoletana, but it had been since Pane Siciliana and Pain a l'Ancienne that I had made a bread we really adored and I was beginning to wonder if I'd make a transcendent loaf again. Thank goodness for Potato Rosemary Bread!… Continue reading Potato Rosemary Bread – BBA Challenge bread 28
Last Friday, Hyla had the day off school and we wanted to do a road trip that involved meeting up with my sister, Lolo, somewhere halfway between our homes. The most logical halfway point seems to be Concord, NH, a place we have explored to its utmost in the last 10 years for this very… Continue reading Friday in the park with Lolo
I'll admit right now that it's all my fault that this bread didn't turn out to be anything interesting. The pictures in the book look tantalizingly attractive: a dark, matte crust, with a fluffy, white interior. It looked like a bread we all could love. But when I read the recipe and saw lemon and… Continue reading Portuguese Sweet Bread – BBA Challenge bread 27
In his introduction to this recipe, Peter Reinhart writes, "...the poolish baguette made at the original Ganachaud Boulangerie was the second best baguette I ever had (the first being the pain a l'ancienne of Philippe Gossellin")." I feel the same is true of these baguette recipes in The Bread Baker's Apprentice. What I appreciate most… Continue reading Poolish Baguettes – BBA Challenge bread 26
It's officially spring, so we shouldn't be surprised to see the crocuses not only coming up, but blooming. But we are surprised. Because this is Vermont and it's only the fourth week of March and we're using to having 2-3 feet of snow still, at least. Not this year. The only snow we have left… Continue reading What the heck is going on?
Here's the note I found in the bathroom yesterday morning: And here's the issue of "Yak Girl Comix" referenced in the note: Can you find Yak Girl on the cover? Here she is! Check out the first page spread. Comix and advertisements, too! Is it any wonder why we love this girl of ours so… Continue reading Yak Girl returns!
It seems like I'm on a perpetual quest for the perfect pizza dough. My idea of a perfect pizza is a thin, crisp crust (not necessarily brittle and crunchy all the way through, though I like that style at times), with a delicate layer of sauce and just a few toppings. I'm not into the… Continue reading Pizza Napoletana – BBA Challenge bread 25
Regular readers may remember an earlier post where I expressed some trepidation about the BBA Panettone recipe. I'm not enamored of fruit and nut laden breads, and less so of fruit soaked in booze. But I forged ahead because it was the next recipe in the Bread Baker's Apprentice and I'm here to bake the… Continue reading Panettone – BBA Challenge bread 24
For those of you playing along, here are the stats: I've blogged up through bread #23 (Pane Siciliano). This week, I'm revisiting bread #20 (Multigrain Bread Extraordinaire). Also this week, I'm also baking bread #41 (Whole-Wheat Bread). A friend recently gave me some fresh duck eggs, which make the best Challah, so I might be… Continue reading BBA Challenge update