Saturday was a busy day for me in the kitchen. Not only was I hosting a luncheon for our neighbours, who had sadly lost their home to a fire (You can read about here - The Sound of Horror!), but I decided that I was also going to make a baguette (French bread).
Back in July 2017, I took a class at the King Arthur Baking School and decided that it would be high time I recreated the bread.
I made my poolish (pre-ferment) Friday evening! I even used my new toy, a proofing bread box! By the way, works great!
By early Saturday morning, this is what my poolish looked like!
What a beauty! Smelled wonderfully!
Sadly, even though I had been up since 7 am preparing for my day, I did not allot the whole bread making/baking process enough time to have the bread ready for the luncheon.
The luncheon went great, the menu consisted of my homemade vichyssoise soup (leek and potato soup) with cold cuts, cheese and various sandwich breads but no homemade bread for the soup! Oh well!
However, the bread was ready by dinner time, which worked out great as eggplant Parmesan with home made pasta was on the menu!
Let's just say that I wasn't impressed with my ability to shape a baguette. The new steam technique I had learned worked great! The bread had a nice crust!
Luckily, the bad shaping did not affect the taste of the loaf! lol It was yummy!
On Sunday, I went to visit my mum in Montreal and brought the second loaf for our family dinner. No left overs what so ever and lots of wonderful comments!
Now, if I can just get my shaping worked out!
Catch you all later! Cheers!