Did anyone else love this book as a kid?
I was thinking about Frances yesterday, and decided to make bread and jam! I was able to accomplish 2 items on my to-do list, and they went so perfectly together.
First, the bread. I used a basic Bittman French bread recipe (How to Cook Everything is my trusty jumping off point for pretty much anything. I make his first, then if I want to make it a 2nd time, branch out to others).
It came out deliciously , and I'm thrilled that I made bread from scratch (something other than no-knead)! Now that I have the process down a bit, I'm going to plan a bit more in advance next time to allow for overnight rising, etc. I also want to read up more on the technicalities of it. The bread was wonderful but extremely dense (no holes or air pockets). I'm wondering if that is because I didn't take several days to make it?
It was a valiant (not to mention fun and rewarding) first effort and I can't wait to try again! I'm off to research recipes. Have suggestions for this enthusiastic beginner? Leave a comment!