time well spentMonday, January 12, 2009
Have you tried any of the Martha Stewart Collection available at Macy's? Well, it just so happens that she has a cast iron pot perfect for making winter meals. Perfect for making bread. And the perfect thing to use your gift card on from a Christmas gift.
I slept with it next to our bed. Because the directions say to let it rise in a 70˚ room. Well, our downstairs is colder than that. (Much colder.) And since heat rises, I decided to bring it upstairs, with specific instructions to the kids not to jump on the dough.
The dough has to sit for 12-18 hours. After that amount of time, you punch it down, form it into a ball, and it looks like that. Up there. (That whole timing thing always gets me. But, starting it at 4:00 on a Saturday afternoon, seemed to be great. I didn't touch it again until noon the next day. 20 hours? Oh, I know, but things happen and that was the earliest I could get back to it. It was ready for dinner on Sunday night. Seems like a long time to wait for a loaf of bread, huh? Really, you do little while waiting. I promise.)
I resisted the urge to swaddle, and just folded the towel back over the top. And let it sit for 2 hours.
Popped it into the pot and then into the oven. When I removed the lid it looked like that. Just like the recipe said it would. You should try it. You won't be sorry. Just sorry you didn't have more.