FO Friday: My Daily Bread

Today’s finished objects are a little different than usual. I have made bread!!!  I followed the Master Recipe in The New Artisan Bread in Five Minutes a Day, and I actually had some success!  I promise I won’t be so detailed in later posts, but I’m rather excited. So, here are my “project notes.”

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Bread. Such a simple thing, really. Flour, water, salt, and yeast. Four simple ingredients combine in some sort of elusive alchemy to create that wondrous, heavenly staple that has fed the world for millennia.

Well, the alchemy isn’t so elusive. This book demystifies the process and turns even a non-baker like me into a successful bread maker…or moderately successful anyway. 😉

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All the players

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First, I combined the ingredients in an 8-quart bowl.

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Allowed it to rise for two hours. It really rose!

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After resting in the fridge overnight. The dough shrank as the authors said it would.

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Shaped and resting on the peel.

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And the finished loaf! Tada!!

It turned out kind of wonky and heart-shaped, but it’s bread! Unfortunately, it also turned out a little gummy in the middle. Not underdone, just gummy instead of moist. It made yummy toast!

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The next loaf I made looked a lot better. I remembered to dust the top with flour and made my slashes a little deeper. However, it also turned out gummy.

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According to the book, my dough is probably too moist. I’ll add a little more flour to my next batch. In the mean time, I decided to burn (unfortunately literally) the rest of this batch of dough making naan. I love naan and was excited to find instructions for making it in the book.

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A mason jar for a rolling pin

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12 in cast iron skillet

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It took three times to get a piece that resembled the pictures in the book. The extremely burned one on the bottom is the one I made when I followed the directions exactly. My apartment still smells like smoke! I know now that “high heat” too high on my stove! It was a good learning experience. I’ll be making naan again, I’m sure.

Time to start my next batch of dough. Have a great Friday and a wonderful weekend!

~Janet

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WIP Wednesday: Progress and Periodicals

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The Books

I’m continuing to sporadically read God For Us. I wish I was more disciplined in keeping up with my daily readings, but, as I did for Advent, I’m letting go of the need to do this perfectly. I’m enjoying what I am reading. I missed last Friday’s reading and looked back at it yesterday, only to discover that one of the scripture readings was Isaiah 58 — the very same verses I quoted in my post on that same day!

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The second “book” is the Winter 2015 issue of Compassion Magazine, the quarterly publication from Compassion International. I’ve been a sponsor with Compassion for nearly 20 years, and I look forward to this magazine coming. It’s filled with wonderful stories of God’s work through Compassion. Every so often, the issue highlights one of the countries where I have a sponsor child, which is an added bonus. 🙂

I’m also spending a lot of time in this book:

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More on that later. 😉

The Needles

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I’m making great progress on Lexie’s new bloom. I just completed the ribbed bodice and have moved onto the skirt portion. My hands are going to be relieved to be done with all that purling! I love getting to this point in this pattern because the garment takes a more obvious shape.

That about does it for me today. I’ll be linking up with the Yarn Along at Ginny’s. Have a blessed rest of your Wednesday.

~Janet

Sunday Sabath: First Sunday of Lent

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“The Lord is compassionate and gracious,
    slow to anger, abounding in love.

He will not always accuse,

    nor will he harbor his anger forever;

he does not treat us as our sins deserve

    or repay us according to our iniquities.

For as high as the heavens are above the earth,

    so great is his love for those who fear him;

as far as the east is from the west,

    so far has he removed our transgressions from us.


As a father has compassion on his children,

    so the Lord has compassion on those who fear him;

for he knows how we are formed,

    he remembers that we are dust.

The life of mortals is like grass,

    they flourish like a flower of the field;

the wind blows over it and it is gone,

    and its place remembers it no more.

But from everlasting to everlasting

    the Lord’s love is with those who fear him,
    and his righteousness with their children’s children—

with those who keep his covenant

    and remember to obey his precepts.”

     Psalm 103: 8-18 (NIV)