It has been a busy few weeks in our house (and kitchen)! I feel terrible not reporting on the on-goings, but hopefully I’ll get around to that soon. (Maybe a little after I find some time to plan and start my seeds for this year’s garden? Hmm…) So! What did I bake up this week? I decided to try again with a “real” bread, so I figured I’d try out Girl Meets Rye’s Tartine Country Bread.
Her description of the loaf being good for beginners was definitely encouraging, and her pictures are always beautiful. So, Friday night I set Fran to work, doubled the recipe, and over the course of the next couple days, produced these two (crackly!) lovelies:
All told, it made for beautiful bread — crisp and crackly outside, fluffy and airy inside… but not chewy enough for my taste. I don’t know if increasing the whole-wheat end of the equation would help there, or if I’ve just been spoiled by the oatmeal loaves I keep making but I’m not sure I’d make this again. The flavour is fine, I just… like my bread a little more toothsome.
Wow, and here I was thinking that I was less of a bread snob these days…