Every weekend I fill my time with stuff to do. My To Do List. It’s usually a ridiculously long list, and you can bet that something from one weekend’s list will make it’s way to the next weekend’s list, because well, it won’t be done.
This weekend I actually felt very productive, despite another ridiculously long too do list. Of course I overestimated myself and set a goal of baking not once, but twice. Didn’t happen. Work overwhelmed me. As it should I suppose, I’m still a student, I’m still learning, and with some big projects looming it really is time to get focused.
Still I managed to make this delicious creation.
I can honestly say I spent a good portion of my second year of university baking bread and trying to determine what made a perfect crust. I thought it must be more kneading, it must be something complicated, there must be some secret ingredient I wasn’t using.
This bread has the perfect crunchy crusty crust, with the perfect tear-it-apart-melt-in-your-mouth doughy insides ever. It reminds me of my favourite childhood bread. And of course the secret was to do pretty much nothing to the dough, and have almost no ingredients. Maybe you’ve heard of the 5 Minute Artisan Bread? I believe Mark Bittman did a spot on it (a friend showed me this, I remained sceptical).
Seriously, go make it now, or you’ll wish you had.
Then get back to your to do list. The other item on my to-do-bake list? They’ll hopefully make it onto next weekend’s done list.