Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Warm day to bake

Today was supposed to be one of the hottest days of the year, so today was a baking day!  Last night I made up some Angel Biscuits and a bread sponge.  This morning I got up early and took the sponge out to warm up on the counter.  When I checked the weather I realised it wasn't the best day to bake but it was to late!  The dough was for a simple rustic bread and it had no trouble rising in the warm kitchen.  In fact it tried to "Lucy" me!  It was so small an amount of dough when I started I almost made it into one loaf, but thankfully didn't.  As it was I placed both loaves on the same pan and by the time they were done they were "conjoined".  It made two nice sized loaves with a dense chewy crust and soft almost fluffy inside.  I couldn't wait and cut off a slice while it was still warm.  It had very good flavor development from the 10 hours in the fridge.  This was the first time I had heavily floured the loaves after forming them and it made a lovely crust.  We are looking forward to sandwiches tonight!  Tomorrow the Angel Biscuits will have developed enough to bake.  If you've never had an Angel Biscuit it is just a regular buttermilk biscuit with yeast added.  Then the dough sits in the fridge for a couple days to develop flavor.  They are wonderful and the best part is that when you want biscuits you just take some dough and roll it out and bake them.  Make only as many as you need and they don't have to warm up to bake them.  They are easier then biscuits in the can you hit on the table because there is no can to open.  They last for up to a week in the fridge and can even be frozen.  I think I will have biscuits with butter and jam for breakfast!

Anyway the baking took up my morning and when Lee came home he found me sitting on the bed sleeping.  No back support, kind of wobbling.  So now I have to try and get something done today.  I may just do some more baking after the heat has broken.  Peach buttermilk muffins! Mmmmmmm!

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