This was my first shot at making Essential's Columbia bread..................batards slightly deflated when they were scored...probably overproofed a little. Anyway, this is a very good bread. Thanks Mountaindog for your wet starter recipe.
Finally got around to building my "high dollar" proofing box. First picture is the inside of the box w/transformer to the side. Happened to have the transformer on hand from my day's as a research chemist. Second picture is the outside of the box showing the temperature probe and the transformer.
Going through my bread book library last night and discovered that I had two Laurel's Kitchen books. If anyone out there needs one, you can have one of mine for the cost of shipping...no charge for the book. Seem's like someone was looking for a copy awhile back. If you are interested, you can email me at
With floydm's assistance, I think I finally figured out how to post pictures. Hope this one posts ok. This recipe is courtesy of "Artisan Breads" featuring Kossar's Onion Bialy's. Thanks Floyd for your help.