Thursday, March 1, 2012
Bread and a decorating plan that includes Johnny Depp
dream of Johnny Depp showing up looking for directions
I tolerate the store bought stuff for stretches at a time and then go mildly insane and remind myself that I can make bread. Good bread. Bread with body and taste. Guess what ? If you have an oven, so can you . Through the years I have experimented with a variety of loaf recipes, but one stands out as the best tasting an easiest to make. At first you will read it and think it is all kinds of wrong, but it works and makes a loaf with body, taste and soul.It takes about a day to make , but only about an hour of that requires your actual presence and attention.
Boule ( French everyday bread)
3 c flour
1/4 t yeast
1/4 t salt
2 c water
Mix in a bowl, cover with a towel and let rise 12-24 hrs.This seems like an incredibly insufficient amount of yeast and bad ratio of water to flour, but it is correct. What you are doing is making a kind of a sponge that allows the yeast and flour mixture to attract yeast spores in the air and come to party. There is no sugar required because the yeast feeds off of the flour. The small bit of salt helps the yeast to work and gives the bread a delicious semi sweet flavor. Salt brings out the natural sweetness of food when used in the proper ratio.
Good bread is a very good thing to have on hand. It's an even better thing to make on your own. In the process of baking, you can open your door, fan the aroma out and lure in any Johnny Depp look alikes into your kitchen so you can stare at them meaningfully and perhaps consider using them for some kind of kitchen decoration. When your husband and kids come home , they will not ask questions right off because they will be distracted by the smell of bread and start looking for the loaf. At that point they will probably discover your Johnny look alikes, so just cut em a slice to prevent any questions. Mischief managed !