Anyway, I made three kinds of bread today. My standby wheat bread, much better than the last time, some pitas and a no-knead dutch oven bread. Once I got going, I decided that three different doughs at three different stages was maybe not such a good idea. Add to that the appointment I made at 2:30 and you've got a little bit of a crazy scene in the kitchen. Thankfully, it worked out well. The wheat bread raised the second time while the dutch oven bread was baking, the pita dough was punched down and rested while the wheat bread was baking. It went pretty smoothly, but down to the wire. My husband walked in to see me frantically spritzing water into the oven, rolling dough balls into pita shapes and shifting cooked things around because my little cooling rack just couldn't handle everything. I'm sure it was a pretty scary sight. I finished at 2:15. Plenty of time to change my shirt and readjust my pony tail.
I've been wanting to make pitas for a while, ever since I ran across a recipe while searching for a good wheat bread recipe, but we don't really use pitas much. We're more of a bread or tortilla family. I found a recipe idea for a tuna salad type filling for pitas, and I already had most of the ingredients, so we tried it tonight for dinner. Not bad at all. We used all the good pitas though. Most of them got too thin in the middle and too fat on the edges, so the pocket wasn't really there. I'll do better next time. If there is a next time... I have a few other ideas for them.
On to the dutch oven bread. I lived in Germany for a year and a half. During that time, I fell in love with the bakeries. The bread is so different and wonderful. And the pastries...if only I could make a chocolate croissant. When I came across this recipe it really caught my attention. It promised to replicate the bread that I fell in love with in Germany. The "no knead" part also drew my eye, as my wrists have been giving me trouble lately, so the less work for them, the better. This recipe makes up for that though, in the lifting and moving of a heavy dutch oven. I don't have one, so I stole a cast iron pot from my mom. -She does have my cookie sheets, you know.
I actually started this bread last night. And I read the ingredient list several times before I believed what I saw. 1/4 tsp of yeast. I kept looking to make sure it didn't say 1-1/4 tsp, or maybe Tbs. Nope 1/4 tsp is all. I mixed up the four ingredients, yeast, water, flour, salt. No sugar. How un-American. I was doubtful that the puny pile of goo would actually rise, but sure enough, this morning it was big and full of bubbles.
|The morning after|
|In the pot, ready to bake.|