Tuesday, April 7, 2009

A Little Something to Go with your Water

Many people ramp up their Lenten penances during this holiest of weeks, so, just in case you're looking to go from Forty Meatless Meals to all-out bread and water, I give you this excellent bread primer from epicurious.com. Even as someone who's been baking bread for years, I learned a lot about how yeast works and various methods of rising. I also appreciated the fact that the recipes give weights, so I got to use my new kitchen scale and discover just how much more accurate that method is.

And, for your tip of the day, one of the most valuable pieces of advice: in a cold house, give your bread a warm, humid place to rise by placing it in the (not running) microwave with a mug of hot water.

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