One of my teacher-friends had me over a few nights ago to talk shop, plan for the year, and enjoy an informal get-together before the school year began. She asked my to bring some fruit, for which I ventured to the farmer’s market on Monday. I wanted to do something special, though, and I knew we were having chicken caesar salad. What would go well with that? Why, a homemade bread, of course!
So I whipped out my bread book (My Bread by Jim Lahey) and tested my hand at rustic, old-fashioned bread. I had read through this book a few weeks ago and I’d been looking for an excuse to try it out. We were hit with some bad news and I almost opted not to make the bread, but I’m so glad I decided to do it anyway. It wasn’t that difficult, and the results were amazing! I think I’m addicted–I can’t wait to do it again. The crust was nice and crisp, and the inside chewy and rich. So good! I just need to find a way to store it more effectively. The book recommends not putting it in a plastic bag, but I didn’t, and it got terribly stale overnight. Luckily there wasn’t much left over from dinner, so I just cut off a bit of the crust and ate it anyway! 🙂