Sunday, March 15, 2009

From a Year in Bread : White Sandwich Loaf

A few days back, I took a bread baking challenge upon myself. If you missed the plot first time round, the idea is that I will follow the three bakers from A Year in Bread in their year long one-bread-a-month odyssey. I even have a partner now. Siri wrote to ask if she could join me in bread baking; and I sure can do with some more prompting.

I'd done the March pizza recipe already, so both of us moved promptly to April's pick - the famed No Knead Bread. But it was not to be. I made it first and while it wasn't a disaster, it just wasn't good enough. Siri decided she didn't want to do the No Knead bread either so we moved on, instead, to the May bread. Which happens to be something on my mind for a long, long time. I've always wanted to bake a whole loaf of bread and in May 2007, the trio baked white sandwich loaf.



I picked Susan's recipe, which is just what she calls it - an easy basic white sandwich bread. Her recipe is for 3 loaves, so I divided everything by 3 to make my one loaf. And because she gives an option to use water or milk to knead the dough, I made it with half of each.

The bread took a little longer to bake in my oven than Susan's 35 minutes, but it came out with a fabulous crust and a perfect interior. My first loaf finally, and I can't believe how good it is. Sandwich! what sandwich - the bread vanished along with a pack of butter before I could get to that stage.

Siri is baking today as well, and she might post depending on how her bread turns out. Stay tuned!

12 comments:

Prathibha said...

Thank you simran for dropping by..
Yeah definitely looking forward to meet you gals....

Sunshinemom said...

Bravo:)

Priya said...

Prefect bread!!

Vaishali said...

That looks just delicious, Simran. Nice job!

Aparna said...

Happy to see bread anytime.:)
Perfect Loaf.
Have you tried Susan's Carrot Herb rolls?

notyet100 said...

good job,..:-)waitin for more,..

Soma said...

I had been a scaredy cat in bread baking... but love it now, esp. when i get to eat that soft warm loaf.. & yes they disappear soon with just butter. good job simran.

Bharti said...

Came out lovely!

Rachel said...

perfect!

Curry Leaf said...

Perfect Simran,I think I too should join you,is it ok?

Siri said...

*booo* mine was a total disaster Simran. and the worst part is I dont know what went wrong. :( I felt so bad. But urs looks so good Simran. I am happy the way it turned out for you. :))

Guess, we should move now to the next one? What say?

Cheers,
Siri

Lebouffe said...

Hey, where do you get the yeast from? Which brand is good.. my bread's turned stone twice.. Thankfully, I just tried a handful dough for sample...
- Naina