Baking Bread

So check it out!

Yesterday at the Croakery, despite the horrid temperatures, Florrie made a delicious boule (say it: boooooooooouuuuuulllle) while I snapped away with the camera.

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Adding the rye flour to the bread flour.

Yeastie beasties go into the tepid water.

Yeastie beasties go into the tepid water.

Mix them up to activate. Wet into dry and the fun begins!
You can transform only four or five ingredients into something really really wonderful. Something aromatic, crusty, light and fluffy and delicious. Something you family and guests will go wild for and tell all their friends about. Really, what smells better than hot bread, fresh out of an obliging oven?  Please tell me, because I would love to have some!
The bubbles mean its working!

The bubbles mean its working!

you can use a spoon or a dough hook on your mixer... but its way more fun to use your fingers!

you can use a spoon or a dough hook on your mixer... but its way more fun to use your fingers!

Mid-knead. Its starting to smooth out, but there's still a bit of work to be done.

Mid-knead. Its starting to smooth out, but there's still a bit of work to be done.

Kneaded and ready to rest and rise. I love how the rye flour makes those lovely brown flecks.

Kneaded and ready to rest and rise. I love how the rye flour makes those lovely brown flecks.

In an oiled bowl, covered up and the yeast feasts.

In an oiled bowl, covered up and the yeast feasts.

After a little over an hour in a warm spot, its doubled in size!

After a little over an hour in a warm spot, its doubled in size!

This cane basket is used to shaped the loaf. Its rather pretty, isn't it?

This cane basket is used to shaped the loaf. Its rather pretty, isn't it?

Its almost like a tiny alpine town at christmas... oh dear. I've done it again.

Its almost like a tiny alpine town at christmas... oh dear. I've done it again.

After its "proofed" or risen again its turned out into the oven and this is the gorgeous end result!

After its "proofed" or risen again its turned out into the oven and this is the gorgeous end result!

So get out there and make some bread already! Oh alright. If you prefer to wait till is a bit cooler out, I’ll understand. But don’t think I’ll forget!
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2 thoughts on “Baking Bread

  1. I love to bake bread! I have a great recipe for a whole wheat sourdough that takes two days to make–you have to let the yeast stay in a bowl with water and a bit of flour overnight so it gets stinky! No A/C upstate? 😉 Congrats on the house, Keeia! Love to see what you guys are doing.

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