Thursday, January 05, 2017

Fresh Bread


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.

6 comments:

Johanna GGG said...

those crusts look wonderful - and your snow looks perfect weather for baking - I don't have a desire to bake as we have had some really hot weather lately - just salads and anything that means I don't need to turn on the oven

Beth F said...

Tis the bread-baking season! Those loaves look great.

Vicki said...

The bread looks so good! I haven't had homemade bread in a very long time.

Katherine P said...

I can almost smell it through the monitor! I'm freezing here and our wimpy heat pump isn't strong enough to keep up with these cold temps (which luckily we don't have very often!). I think bread baking may just be the perfect way to spend the day. Thanks for the inspiration!

Marg said...

Something I have never done. Maybe one day!! It does look delicious.

Dragonfly Our Familiarium said...

Noting like homemade bread! It looks delicious! I wish I was better at kneading and baking. I did get a bread maker once and used it for about six months but my hubby and kids thought the bread was too dense so I didn't use it anymore.