We have been looking forward to this since Christmas and have been gathering equipment, scouring the blogs of other TWDers and talking about bread.
Cost of bread so far:
1 Kenwood Chef £369
1 Baking with Julia £16.50
2 Loaf tins £29.98
2 sets of weighing scales £30
1 set of American measuring cups £7.99
1 measuring cup £4.99
Total = £458.46 ($724.36)
....... and lots of strong flour and unsalted butter
All ingredients measured / weighed and ready to go..
The dough all mixed and ready for first rise..
In the tin and after second rise.
Out of the oven....
I very pleasing crumb and crust :)
Same dough but a plait loaf..
We actually made this recipe several times over - more from having perfectionist tendencies than loving the result. But, we have scoffed the outcome and enjoyed it. Even more enjoyable was learning about bread, ingredients, oven position, our weird ovens, no-knead bread, the importance of salt, having yeast that isn't up against its use-by date, taking photographs of food with a DSLR....and learning how to use our lovely new stand mixer.
Here's some of our previous attempts: These are actually mini loaves (or buns!) note the 10p coin on the board.
Here we have a bit of a selection
We have made bread before but never so frequently and with so much enthusiasm and attention to detail. Although we are already reading the chocolate tart recipe and preparing shopping lists, we now have 7.5kg (16.5 lbs) of flour and we have the bread bug and its going to be a regular part of our weekly meals.
The butter seemed like a strange addition - we've read that it makes a softer loaf - but there was so much of it. It prompted me to have a sneak peek ahead at the brioche recipe - that sounds like buttery fun!