How serious am I about learning (conquering my fear/make bread my bitch) to make bread? I am this serious.
606 pages of baking hell or heaven... depending on my mood!
I bought a book called The Bread Bible by Rose Levy Beranbaum. Yeah, I'm serious (I'm on a mission from God. I don't know if I'm Elwood or Jake.) and this book is crazy serious. The French Laundry cookbook is like a comic book compared to this. Sorry, don't smite me down Oh Lord Keller! I understand cooking but I sure in the hell don't understand baking. Some people - cough cough my husband- would say it is because I don't do AUTHORITY/DIRECTIONS very well and baking is all about following directions. Oh shit, I'm screwed.
A little about The Bread Bible for those who are new to the book...
The first 62 pages are all about Genesis i.e. all about yeasts, bacteria, fermentation, poolish, kneading, shaping, equipment, baking, and cooling. Not once does it mention eating the bread. Well, that's no fun. It takes until page 97 to get to the first recipe. That's a lot of info to digest or ferment in your head. (Stop groaning, I know it was a bad pun.)
Each recipe is anywhere from 2-5 pages long. Remember when I said I wasn't good at directions? I also am allergic to recipes that are loooong. It makes me want to break out in hives.
What's cool about this book?
I lied, the recipes are not that long but they contain lots of information... Pointers for success, what to serve with each bread, including wines. That's nifty. Different flours you can use, apparently there are options. Dough Percentages (I'm not sure what I need that for but I know it will come in handy.) Equipment lists. The recipes also include measurements by volume or weight and a glossary and websites for baker's.
The Plan: My plan is to bake a recipe from The Bread Bible and post about it once a week. Now that I typed that, it probably won't happen. Let's shoot for once every couple weeks.
Tomorrow's post will be the first recipe from the book, Cinnamon Crumb Surprise.