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Tuesday, 25 January 2011
I do become obsessed by certain things; at the moment it's BREAD. I just don't understand why I can't produce a loaf even half as good as the one I showed last saturday.
I used good quality flour, proper fresh yeast, a small amount of warm water, and salt. The finished product is light, tasty, and reasonably crusty; I've just had a couple of slices toasted, with honey, and it was good. But it is also 'cakey' in texture, and lacks that OOOMPH! (any advice?)
I'm beginning to think it's all down to impatience. Next time it'll be given more time to rise, and maybe more kneading time too. More anon.
We went with friends to the Scallop festival in Whitianga; a charming
seaside town in the Coromandal District.
Had a great time...5000 people, lots of wine...
4 years ago
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
This is a daily, optimistic, 'photos and comments' blog. I make no judgements (only occasionally), just notes. If you wish to comment in any way at all, please feel free. Everything and everyone is very welcome.
I was born just south of London, but for the past 45 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live in an ancient cottage, in a tiny village, in perfectly tranquil countryside. We have a vegetable garden called 'Haddock's' (this may crop up from time to time), a Border Collie/Black Lab' cross called Bok, a cat called Freddie, plenty of fruit trees, and a view that takes the breath away. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!