Herbs in SD Loaves,Toddlers love bread
Thanks to TFL, my loaves taste great and look attractive too. Yesterday a family with 4 kids came for dinner-I pointed out to the toddlers the loaves proofing on the hood of my car in the driveway (why turn on the warming drawer when it's 85f outside?). A while later, I showed them my slashing technique, then the loaf expansion while baking. They watched as the loaves came out of the oven onto the cooling rack and felt the high heat radiating off the bread. During the early courses of the meal, they kept trying to escape from the table to visit the loaves. Finally, I had them hold the bread basket as I sliced it. THeir assignment was to deliver the full basket to all the diners, but it seemed to stall at their seat. How gratifying it is to have all the guests enjoy the bread and ask for more. And the bonus prize: the teenager was enthusiastic about the remaining loaf I sent home with his family:>)
French Thyme (.5t) is the odd common denominator of my most successful loaves. I can't even taste it. Is it my imagination, or does it improve the crumb and oven spring of the SD bread? The bread was eaten so eagerly, I forgot to photograph it!