Monday, March 17, 2008

Bread

I have a little obsession going on right now. It seems that I cannot stop making bread.

On Friday afternoon I tried making WHOoooo bread. The boys were so anxious to try it, that we ate about half the loaf hot and fresh from the oven, which made me have to make more on Saturday morning.

These are the loaves from Saturday. The photo of Friday's trial loaf is stuck on my camera. But Saturday's turned out so much better ... more photogenic. And I'll tell you why: I did not punch down the dough for the second rise on Saturday. It seems that the dough from Friday's punch-down didn't fully recover and it had knuckle indentations on the top. If you make it, keep that in mind. Let the dough rest for 1 1/2 hours and do not punch it down.


And to continue with my bread obsession, I did a little bread towel embroidery Sunday afternoon. I have been using these Ikea dish towels to cover my bread while it's rising and I decided it needed a little "dressing up." A little loaf of bread in redwork (DMC 304, I think) and it's ready to go. (I don't love my freehand loaf of bread, but I couldn't find any clip art that was "just right.")

14 comments:

Karyn said...

I KNOW that you KNOW that when DianNe reads this that she's going to think you went to the bakery again, right?

Great looking bread! (and I know you really did make it!)

And I love the embroidery you did on the tea towel. Cute!

kirsten said...

mmmmm.... we still use our breadmaker - but one of these days i'm going to get a bosch so i can do 4 loaves at once. i don't have the patience for 1 or 2 at a time, sadly.

love your towel - great idea!

amandajean said...

oh, that bread towel is too perfect! how cute.

melissa said...

I've been in a big bread-making cycle too lately. I love your little bread tea towel. It's so sweet and simple. And your children are so amazingly beautiful! You really have six children? You must be a super woman!

nikko said...

I love making my own bread. Unfortunately, I'm a little out of practice. I saw that recipe on that blog and wondered how it tasted.

The embroidery is super cute!

jessi said...

Ok - you've convinced me - Wednesday (or maybe tomorrow if i really get my act together) must be bread day!

Heidijayhawk said...

i love fresh baked bread! my grandmother taught me how and it is the single best stress reliever ever!

heymom said...

Lovely bread, thanks for sharing

cici said...

my son now prefers the whooo bread and has put in a special request. whoooo da thunk?

no no no. the embroidery is perfect. your little freehand lends itself beautifully to the redwork. imo.

Nicole said...

I think it took me about 10 years to get over my bread making mania. Now I do it every second day but I am no longer obsessed!!!
At one time I asked my doctor about this...she said it gave me the feeling of being a good mother looking after her family...

Gail :) said...

I truly am inspired by you! I love your towel, and I feel the knead to make bread now LOL!

dig this chick said...

oh I love making bread. I found myself saying whooooo out loud when I read your post.

said...

Can i have a piece?
i wish i could make bread!

Chara Michele said...

Oh I like the embroidered bread towel!