The Pain au Levain Compromise
This loaf is my grudging acceptance of the fact that everything can't always be about me - not even bread. My daughter goes weak in the knees at the sight of square, squishy supermarket white bread. The stuff gives me the screaming heebie-jeebies. I won't buy it, not even for her. But, instead of digging in my heels and inspiring a whole-grain backlash I decided to expand my horizons a bit.
I settled on the pain au levain from Leader's Local Breads. This is the first time I've used white flour in my bread so I was a little outside my comfort zone. Fortunately, the recipe is spot-on, and I got a nice loaf on the first try. I added an overnight proof for timing's sake and made one larger loaf instead of the two smaller loaves that the recipe calls for, but otherwise I went by the book.
And my daughter likes it. Whew! Of course, this means I have to save some for her... I'm not sure I have that much will-power.