Last night I put together the poolish and let it rise overnight. I got up really early to start baking my 1st loaves of artisan bread. The first loaf looked wonderful, but I didn't quite get it right because there is a streak of flour in it. I haven't cut into the second loaf yet.
|See there is a streak in it.|
I made the mistake of folding it under before
putting in the dutch oven to bake.
|This is the second loaf, I haven't cut into it yet.|
The first bread tasted wonderful. With one bite I was hooked, I was like OMG! this is how I have ALWAYS wanted the bread I made to taste like. The crust was crunchy, the middle soft and full of air holes. WOW! it was worth all the effort. The great thing is, the more I do it, the easier it will be to do. I am really so excited.
I also made strained yogurt today. I got really annoyed that Fage Total costed almost $8 for a quart. That's absurd considering it isn't imported from Greece any more. It's made here in the U.S. I don't even know if I did it right. I just lined a strainer with cheese cloth and dumped the yogurt that I made yesterday in. Making yogurt turned out to be really easy and is worth the effort. The first time I used whole milk, this time I used 2% milk, which is why I wanted to strain it. The yogurt from the 2% milk was a bit thin.
|Homemade strained yogurt|
I just have to exercise some self control over the finished product.