Some recent bakes
Although my posting has been erratic, baking has continued at a fairly steady pace.
The Saturday of the Easter weekend, I baked Beth Hensperger's Sweet Vanilla Challah from her Bread Bible. It is a favorite of my older grandson and we took a loaf with us for dinner with he and his parents. I've blogged about it previously. By the way, if any lasts long enough, it makes some of the best french toast, ever! The turban shape is still a favorite of mine for its elegance and simplicity:
I also baked some honey whole wheat bread that same day for sandwiches:
This weekend, I managed to squeeze in a pain au levain with whole wheat, from the King Arthur Whole Grain Baking book. One loaf was served at dinner with friends today and one went home with them (along with a bunch of hostas that were getting too big for their growing area. Loaf:
I had elected to do some kneading for the dough, followed by a single stretch and fold about 45 minutes into the bulk ferment. My rationale was that I wanted a finer, rather than more open, crumb. It worked. Other tweaks included bumping up the quantities by about 40% to achieve slightly larger loaves and using an autolyse of nearly an hour, which is longer than mentioned in the formula. Otherwise, I hewed to the directions and was rewarded with some bread that is pleasing to the eye and the tongue.