So. I would like to invite you on a journey. A journey where there will be some success I hope and I’m sure some failure. A journey where I hope to become a better baker. To discover new types of bread and baking. Try new techniques, experience new tastes and smells. Finally to enjoy great ‘hands-have-made’ bread, as Daniel Stevens would say. You can either follow me on this trip of discovery, or join in.
For sometime now, I have been fascinated with the making of bread. How anyone can take a few humble ingredients and turn it into the staple of mankind the world over, intrigues me. The whole process of taking a handful of simple ingredients, going through the process of showing them love, care and attention, resulting in such a delicious end result is almost miraculous.
I had been hunting for a long time for the ideal book relating to making bread. After a long search I found it. The River Cottage Handbook No.3 Bread by Daniel Stevens. Exactly what I was looking for. This is the plan. To work my way through the book, from start to finish. Understanding the ingredients, learning the skills and trying every recipe. It will take as long as it takes, but I’m going for a different recipe each week. Maybe more, it just depends what I have on.
There are many different recipes I can’t wait to try – Ciabatta, Sourdough, Soda Bread, Churros, Lardy Cake, Crumpets and Nettle Pesto to name just a few. There is one I am dreading – Taramasalata (in the section of using left over bread), as I am just not a fishy person. Also there is one all mighty challenge. The building of a clay oven. The challenge – it won’t go in my garden, so I don’t know yet where I am going to build it. Any offers?
You won’t find me posting every recipe, as that would just be wrong. If you want the recipes, buy the book. You will see me post about how each recipe went, and a few adapted recipes. But do you know what would be great? If you were to grab yourself a copy of the book too. That way if you want to follow along, you can. We can share our experiences together.
So are you on this journey too?
Time to get this show on the road, and take the first step. The first stop this week…the basic bread recipe.