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.")