"If thou tastest a crust of bread thou tastest all the stars and all the heavens.”
So wrote the 19th century poet Robert Browning. Who can resist the aroma of newly baked bread, and who indeed can bear to leave the loaf to cool before grabbing a sharp knife and hacking a still-warm crust off the end and smothering it in butter "just to test it” ?
Over at Written.inc, Carmi’s thematic photographic challenge this week is ‘Edible’ so it allowed me to segue neatly from my previous post, ‘Sifting Through the Memories’, which was about flour and baking, and to show off my twin loaves above. You might say I ‘rose to the occasion’!
It’s around the traditional Harvest Festival time too, and a loaf of bread often graces the centre of the harvest display in churches and schools throughout Britain, so in a way this is my harvest offering.
I used The Sunday Times Book of Real Bread, originally published in 1982 and full of wonderful recipes, by well-known cooks and celebrities, including the thriller writer Len Deighton. I can highly recommend it.
I was obviously very excited with the results and so pleased with myself that the loaves turned out well, that I and had to photograph them before the urge to try the first slice overcame me. I don’t have a breadmaker, but I do have a vintage Kenwood Chef with a dough hook - and of course, leaving the dough to rise in a warm place is no problem in the Lanzarote sunshine.
Why not pop over to Written.inc and see what other contributors are offering on the theme; there’s everything from cake to snails - no really!
I’m also linking to Weekend Cooking, Beth Fish’s great blog, where you are invited to post or link to anything vaguely foodie-related. Have a look; I’ve learned so much from some of the lovely bloggers on there.