I used to make all our bread and my favourite recipe was from this book
which says lovely things about bread-making, about "you and the dough - ripening, maturing, baking, blossoming together".
I used a basic wholemeal recipe from this book which was fab. - took all day, with multiple provings - but made wonderful delicious bread which was never ever heavy or ever went wrong at all really. The first stage involved all the ingredients except only about half the flour. So the mix is a dough-batter and can be beaten rather than proved - easier, and helps really get the yeast and gluten working together. Then after the batter has proved, the rest of the flour is added - kneading, proving, kneading, proving, kneading and shaping - baking.
Now our bread comes from this machine, which is great. But I do sometimes miss the kneading and proving kneading and proving.
This is such a time for being grateful to have good bread to eat. Any bread to eat. And for having loved ones safe. For shelter and a future.
Its a time when its easy to feel despair and anger. This is Martin Ronson's cartoon from the weekend Guardian: The World As It Is - or - Bones & Bonuses
The Guardian, Saturday 26 January 2010, p.35.
But rather than feeling despair or anger better maybe to do something, and here are a couple of the many many ways to do something:
and Craft Hope Etsy Shop for Haiti - donations can be sent up till Jan. 20th when they are taking a break and regrouping - and you can buy lovely art and craft items in the shop, all money is going to Doctors without Frontiers in Haiti.
The Tassajara Bread book talks about making bread as to do with compassion, joy, offering - making love. "Ingredients are not limited to food, but include joy, kindness and inspiration..."