Happy Tuesday! Thank you for all of your kind words yesterday.
To cope with my stress, I have been cooking more lately. I actually went ahead and tried to make artisan bread! I will be the first to admit the loaf didn't turn out looking perfectly, but it tasted so so delicious. I am wanting to play with the recipe a little, but I think for my first time it turned out pretty nicely :)
And here I will stop talking (for once in my life) and let you just look at the pictures. I do realize the loaf doesn't look beautiful, but just imagine all of the frustration I took out on the dough while kneading, and imagine the warm, wonderful smell it filled my house with as I pulled apart the crusty exterior to release steam from the center of the loaf....I'm pretty pleased.
Whole Wheat Artisan Bread
5 1/2 White Whole Wheat Flour
1 Tbsp. Instant Yeast (or 1 packet active dry yeast)
1 Tbsp. Salt
1 Tbsp. Sugar
2 Cups (16 oz) Water
**original recipe here
I think for next time I will try to find something else to let the dough second rise in..as you can see it lost it's globe shape and fell a little flat. Practice makes perfect!
What's your favorite kind of bread? Have you made freeform homemade before? Any tips for me?