I love it when I hear from people who are psyched about their bread baking results. Tom was kind enough to share his excellent baking adventures with us.
By Tom’s account, his initial no-knead bread trial didn’t go so well. As he put it, “the bread had a great crust, looked awesome, but as reported elsewhere in Breadtopia, the inside was a nasty, cake-like, doughy mess”. So his success the second time around was all the sweeter. Again, from Tom, “I cannot describe the elation I felt opening the dutch oven and seeing the loaf; could barely wait the 15 mins of coverless cooking.”
And this from a $14 Dutch oven…
See also Oct. 13 update below
I greatly appreciate Tom’s baking fanaticism, I mean passion. This just in…
“Some pictures from this week’s bread adventures…
The garlic clove bread LOOKED great but was a bit too dense and not as flavorful as i’d hoped. I’d guess the moisture from the garlic caused the density; next time I’ll back off on water.
But last night’s wheat/white was a stunner, the perfect recipe. I am also using sea salt.
For the garlic clove, if anyone wants to tweak it, i added chopped cloves of garlic at the fold-into-loaf before 15 min rest stage. Sprinkled a bit on each fold.
More video at youtube later today, cutting the wheat/white. I accidentally left the video on and recorded how foolishly i cut the bread, and almost my fingers!!”
Garlic Clove No Knead
Garlic Clove Crust
White / Whole Wheat
White / Whole Wheat Cut