|After 3 hours of rising in a 2 gallon bucket|
And I don't regret it.
I knew I was going to like the bread I made when following the procedures in this book. I even went ahead and doubled the Master Recipe because I knew I couldn't fail. That's how easy the authors made the process. The basic premise is to make up a master batch of dough and then pull chunks of it off to make individual loafs through out the week. The dough can last for up to 14 days in the refrigerator, or longer if you freeze it. There is no wearing out your arms endlessly kneading and punching down bread. The whole process is based on a very wet dough which results in crispy outsides and creamy, dreamy insides.
It didn't surprise me when the brioche came out exactly like the book said it would, even though my skills at creating a gluten cloak were severely lacking. Wanna see what it looked like? I know you do!
Here's what the inside of the loaf looked like. It was super moist and spongy in a good way.
And yes, there is a chunk taken out of that slice. I couldn't resist myself once my hands were on it and had to have a piece!
Charlotte regularly tells me that my homemade bread is her "favorite thing ever!" She even liked this brioche despite the crispier crust. She asked me to cut off some of the darker spots, but still ate most of the crust she was given. We had company over the day I made this and they all liked it too.
Bruce doesn't prefer the super crispy crust, so I may make some and then put it in a zip top bag to soften it up some. Overall though, he enjoyed it and said it would have only been improved with some butter. I wasn't offended though because I know butter pretty much makes every thing better. Right?
Do you make bread at home? If you do or if you don't, I'd highly recommend you get a copy of this book. With the narrative about how and why this method works, I could have started my homemade bread making journey with this book and given my bread maker away. I can see how these recipes would be great for working moms, stay at home moms, or people who live alone but still want to enjoy fresh bread regularly. As a matter of fact, I'm thinking about making a master batch and taking it to my mom so she can have some of this fresh bread goodness!