Two crusty loaves of French bread -- perfect for a very cold day.
Len started baking soon after lunch, and the bread was ready for dinner. He found a modified version of Julia Child's French bread recipe online. At the upper left above, you can see the dough rising near a heat register. The other images show the kneading, forming, and slashing of the dough, and the addition of water to a pan beneath the oven rack where the loaves were about to bake. The steam from the water in the pan creates the exceptional and tasty crust on the loaves.
|The snow wasn't deep, but it was just the kind of day to stay in and bake.|
A number of years ago, Len baked bread often, but this was his first try for a long time. He seemed to remember much of what had to be done! I hope he'll do it again.