I haven't posted anything in weeks and people are wondering what happened to me! I am fine! I have been enjoying cooking the recipes I have already posted. So I haven't had any new recipes to share. I wish I could say I had a new recipe to share now, but at the very least I can share these photos and some experiences I have had with making bread.
We have purchased a few bread baking books recently and have been absorbed in studying them. Pedro is especially taken with the process of making bread. Above is the first loaf we have attempted from the recently published book, Peter Reinhart's Whole Grain Breads: New Techniques, Extraordinary Flavor. The loaf tasted very satisfying. It involved a rather lengthy process. We had to first make a wild yeast starter which took five or six days to develop. But now that it is developed, we have what is called a mother starter which we can keep and feed and use over and over whenever we want to make bread. Pictured below is our whole grain mother starter:
Anyway, we have been learning a lot about the art of bread making and are really enjoying it. We have a lot more to learn and a lot more experimenting to do. We will even be taking some bread baking classes in the near future.