What I like most about bread is…
eating it, of course!
But what I like most about making bread is the versatility of design and pattern that you can incorporate into your loaf or bun/roll.
Yesterday I made two different doughs-
~rye with caraway seeds~
~sourdough peasant ~
I had different purposes for each bread- the rye for sausage rolls and the sourdough for a picnic sandwich loaf. They worked out perfectly – I folded the rye and sliced it (as Celia showed in one of her posts , entitled school rolls.)
It was so easy and fun and they rolls were a perfect complement for the Italian sausage I fixed for supper.
This dough was made with Ohio grown and milled rye and wheat, and topped off with caraway seeds I grew in my herb garden. Freshly harvested caraway seeds are magnificent in fragrance and flavor- and very easy to grow and harvest. If you love caraway seed at all, I suggest you try growing your own. It is very rewarding!
I braided the sourdough peasant bread.
It is called peasant bread because of the addition of a handful or so of the freshly milled rye flour in with the high gluten bread flour. This dough was so pliable and fun to work with- it begged to be braided !
Sorry these pictures are so dark- it was stormy looking all day yesterday, and I didn’t realize how dark it was until I looked at these pictures this morning.
Dividing the dough into pieces I rolled them into long snakes and then started braiding in the center- leaving the ends loose, I then turned the entire braid over and finished braiding backwards.
Braid loosely so there is room for the bread to raise!
I used a pizza pan to shape the wreath, and connected the ends to each other by pinching and cajoling (hah- a little bread humor!). Then brushed on an egg white wash and sprinkled with sesame seeds.
Allow to raise about 1 1/2 hours and then bake for about 25 minutes at 375 F.
Isn’t it beautiful?
I’m going to slice through it and make it into a giant picnic sandwich !
And look how the rye rolls turned out-
They tasted even better than they look!
Yesterday was a very good bread day!