Wednesday, 15 April 2009



The Tassajara Bread Book arrived yesterday, I had a quick read of the first recipe, flicked through and was surprised how many different recipes there are in there, it's not just about the bread!
It's a time intensive method but I was willing to try anything, we eat a lot of bread between packed lunches and morning toast and garlic bread and bread with soup......
I would much rather make our own and do in fits and starts but it is never as light and fluffy as shop bread (bakery not the plastic wrapped hideous stuff!). Today was raining and just grim so we weren't going far, today was to be bread day.
I didn't quite follow the recipe (yeah I know buy a recipe book.......) but one of the points in this book is to adapt the basic one. I didn't have any dried milk and used a mix of white and wholemeal flour just because those 2 bags needed using up.
My bowl wasn't big enough to cope with the rising stages, you need a GIANT one for this stuff. The sponge stage stuck to the tea towel.
The oven went out and I only noticed half way through.
BUT it all came together in the end and this is the lightest bread I have ever made. Ever.
It isn't a 'oh crap we've run out of bread' loaf, it takes some commitment and planning but it is so worth it, I'm going to try a sweet one with cinnamon at the weekend :)


Anonymous said...

They look delicious. I can almost smell them from here!
I may have to look that book up. Most of the bread I make these days is the "oh crap we've run out" type so I think I really need to give proper bread making a bit more attention!

Liz said...

Definately get a copy, DH came home from work, tried some and declared it the best bread I have ever made :)

nocton4 said...

oh I sooo want that book, think you've finally made me get it
bread looks wonderful