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Friday, 26 November 2010

bread

I love making bread and I am not talking about bread from the bread making machine. I enjoy the whole process. Making bread gives me a great satisfaction.
The start of my bread making goes back to my early years in England. In those days all you could buy in the shops here was mainly the "big white, sliced" and coming from the Continental Europe, where good bread making was considered as important as good cake making, I had to do something, so I started to make my own. The early days of my bread making was a very much a hit and miss affair, not helped by not being able to get the right ingredients. That all has changed now, there is not much we can't get in the shops, including a very good bread of all sort, but at a price.
But I still like to make my own. Over the years I have tried and tested various recipes, with various degree of success. Then some years ago I came across this book of bread, the best I have ever seen and it has become my "bread bible".


I have tried various breads from this book, but I usually make what I call "my everyday bread", mixing together various flours.
I usually make 3 loaves, 1 for now and 2 for the freezer. I find it freezes very well and it is just as good later.




This brings me to the reason I am sharing with you my bread making.
This week I came across the "baking cloth". As you can see, I use a clean tea cloth to cover my dough, but in Norway ( and may be in other countries), they are using a special cloth, which seems to be hand embroidered and specially stitched for the purpose. Isn't it a lovely idea, much nicer then my tea cloth!
The two blogs where I have seen this cloth are Hanne's and May Britt's blogs. The pattern, they are working on, comes from Northern Quilts, and the girls are doing a giveaway of the baking cloth pattern.

It is getting dark now and it started to snow. I hope it is not going to come to much. They had some heavy snow falls in the north of England, unusually early. It has been very cold, even the day temperatures hovering around 0. But it is cosy inside, the house smells of freshly baked bread and the fire is glowing. 

It is time to settle down to some stitching.

8 comments:

May Britt said...

Nothing tasts better than newly baked bread with just butter on. Yummy yummy. Thanks for making this post :)

Hanne said...

I can smell your breads right across the North sea. Thanks for sharing :-)

John'aLee said...

I love this book too. I've had it for several years. Bread baking has been a big part of my life. When the kids were at home, I made all of our bread. There is no more comforting feeling than walking into a house where bread is baking in the oven!

fabriquefantastique said...

I feel the same way about making jam and putting up preserves...quite satisfying.
Love the link, I may even have a baking cloth in my stash/inventory.

Linda said...

Radka, I can almost smell your bread from here!! I love freshly baked bread, but despite many efforts, have only made one loaf to my complete satisfaction. Thank you for the book suggestion. Your fire looks comforting and welcoming. I must say, it must feel like 'home' where you are right now.

Carpacar said...

Yo también hago de vez en cuando el pan en mi casa, me encanta el sabor del pan casero y, como dices, el olor tan agradable que deja en casa.

Lo que no tengo es chimenea porque viviendo en Málaga (Costa del Sol), comprenderás que no hace mucha falta, pero sí que me gustaría tener una.

Un beso.

Марья said...

As it is appetizing.

Babara said...

I mostly bake our bread too and especially for Sunday, we have a special bread, called "Zopf". I also use a baking cloth but without any stitchery or embroidery. It is just a plain white linnen. Now as we're having a lot of snow and very cold days it's the perfect time for enjoying freshly made cookies and bread, whilst sitting near to a fire, feeling cosy :-) !. Do you have special Czeck Christmas cookies?

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