Sunday, March 28, 2010
Several people, including me, were recently inspired by Cornflower's post about making bread the easy way. Finding a pouch of yeast in the cupboard that was actually within its 'use by' date, I dug out a bowl and the other ingredients on Friday. The appealing feature with this recipe is that you should leave the dough to sit under cling film for 12 to 18 hours to do its thing. This recipe is also quite forgiving as we've had a bit of a cold spell and the house got quite chilly that night. Saturday morning found me staring at a gooey blob that didn't look all that different from the night before. 'The yeast has died' I said to R. Not wanting to declare defeat just yet, I searched the house for a warm spot that was safe from Deacon's curiousity. The perfect spot was on top of the chest-of-drawers in my bedroom all sunny and warm. Perfect! My revised plan was to bake the loaf after dinner but we decided to go to the theatre to see An Education (fabulous film!). I could always bake it when we got home....right? When we got home I was too tired so the bowl of dough, which had actually come alive, was left overnight. Bright and early this morning, I carried my mixing bowl of bubbly dough downstairs and fired up the oven. The house was soon filled with the wonderful aroma of fresh bread and R asked if it would be piggish to have a third slice. That's the best sort of recommendation for this recipe. It could have used a bit more salt so I'll be mixing up another batch tonight...solely for research and quality control purposes. And this time I hope to have it in the oven before Tuesday!