You know the kind of post where your best laid plans went packing. That’s actually what has been happening in my kitchen. About all my plans for baking have become plans for packing. The kitchen here is 80% packed. So, while appliances function, tools can be difficult to come by. Last week I wanted to bake with a tube pan …. packed. Makes things challenging. And a bread with starter … stopped me cold.
When I wanted to bake with the Babes last month, the starter eluded me. I forgot to mix it every night for days on end. Probably the most difficult issue was that by the end of the day of packing boxes and stacking them to be able to walk through the kitchen, the bottle of Riesling really begged just to be poured into glasses not into a bowl of dough.
So even though I didn’t bake the bread, I can see from the Babes and Buddies who baked it, this was a wonderful loaf. So I’ve gathered up the Buddies who did bake the bread and they are a truly glorious bunch of Babe Buddies.
In no particular order here they are:
Kelly did a lot better than I did. My starter had stopped, Kelly was able to revive her starter to bake this gorgeous loaf seems to be keeping it going full force with light fluffy pancakes!
Karen seemed to be doing something I’m always doing … she started on the recipe without getting the big picture reading through the recipe before beginning. Fortunately she knew how to slow things down … she also knew that baking this bread in a cast iron Dutch oven would give her a lovely color to her loaf and crisp crust.
Carola’s loaf really speaks to me … because it sparkles with flax seed! Always a winner in my book.
Claartje has one of those perfect crumbs, the kind we all aspire to. I’d crack open another bottle of that Riesling to celebrate that crumb.
Cathy says her loaf has “ a slight blemish from being stuck to the basket.” I say her loaf has individualism and great flavor. How do I know it had great flavor? Because the friend she shared it with liked it enough to keep the entire loaf. Now that’s good flavor.
Thank you Buddies for baking once again with the Babes.
I’ll make you two promises even if one is slightly qualified.
1. I’m 100% sure you’ll want to bake August’s bread!
2. If I have internet, I’ll be posting the bread on the 16th … because I’ve baked it and boy oh boy it’s a lovely.