Hi there on this 97° lazy Sunday afternoon, and oh boy, can we tell. Thank you for your lovely commentaries on the first charity sock. I can’t believe how fast I finished it after posting. And as for yesterday, I was only able to photograph the small containers of yarn. But would you believe I took 50 pictures? I still have to get through the two big bins and I bet I have a bag of yarn in my closet that needs to get cataloged as well.
So…with my schedule being less busy here, the concept of bucket lists have been swarming around in my brain for quite some time. Today, I finally started on my baking bucket list!
I have been eyeing this recipe I had pinned according to Pinterest, 30 weeks ago: Our crew loves to eat artisan bread. I drool whenever I see a blogger make it herself. My natural reaction is to just inhale, imagining the delicious smell of yeast workin’ its magic.
With a fresh package of yeast and a fragrant package of organic rosemary, I put this together late morning:
One of the main reasons why I wanted to try this recipe is because you use the crockpot. Although my dough started out round, it did morph into the shape of my 6 quart, ceramic insert:
While I was a bit disappointed in the change of shape, I was extremely happy at how the bread turned out. I didn’t have parchment paper so I just sprayed the insert with nonstick spray. The end result had a nice crust all around with a little browning from the broiler. Also, inside was fresh and soft. My crew gave their thumbs up. The husband and I dipped our pieces into EVOO mixed with a bit of balsamic vinegar. What a tasty, afternoon snack!
So have you made bread from scratch before? In the crockpot or in the oven? What kind of flour do you use? I used Trader Joe’s White Whole Wheat. Are all flours created equal? Does your loaf change shape while baking?