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!