That's a great photo, Kenshou!
I'll have to put Challah on my to-do list. At the moment, I would like to get a reliable sourdough recipe and starter culture going, and keep playing. As I am intending to integrate bread-making with the activities at the Education Outdoors campus I am working at, I want to get a whole-food grain/seed bread going, and something locally grown and milled. I'd also like to make Malaysian roti which I think is quite technical.
I'm happy to let the bread cool before I try it. I know from experience that cutting it while it is still hot can cause it to collapse and I have to admit I'm not hungry and will probably go without an evening meal tonight.
My wife and I were given a breadmaker for a wedding present years ago and I had great fun making bread with it. After awhile, I just got the breadmaker to kneed and prove the dough and I would take it out and shape it and bake the dough in the oven. In the end,it just died from overwork! Where I work, I inherited an old commercial mixer with a dough-hook so I've been having fun with that mixing sweet slices, pasta dough and bread dough. A few days ago I made pide which was moderately succesful - except when I was distracted by a phone call - forgot to pull it from the oven! Extra-deep crust! And the last time I was home I made pizza dough.
Its all good!
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- Cormac McCarthy, The Road
Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725Compassionate Hands Foundation
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