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 :)