Panem et Circenses

Panem et Circenses

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

French Bread

Ingredients:  Egg Whites, Water, Bread Flour, Gluten, Sugar, Salt, and Yeast
Making this loaf has been my first experience with shaping and baking my bread outside of my machine in my own oven.  My French Bread didn’t rise quite as much as I thought it would. I was kind of in a hurry to get it baked so I really should have let it rise awhile longer before I threw it in the oven.  But the flavor was perfect!  With each and every new bread that I make, I realize that I never should have to buy bread ever again; I have every flavor, shape, and possibility at my fingertips in my own kitchen.  I am trying to start out simple and work with things that I am familiar with, as I progress further along I am rather excited to start baking and making bread with things that I not usually found in my cupboard or pantry.
These past few days have been rather crazy and hectic.  Bread making is still in full swing, but my writing has become a little unbalanced.  I really shouldn’t be making excuses, but I want to give you a glimpse into a regular day in the life of this baker.
5:20am – Rise and get ready for the rehearsal. Shower, shave, eat a small breakfast, and pack all of the necessary bags for the day.
6:00am – Ballroom rehearsal. Just think of it as a two hour Zumba workout.
7:50am – Shower at the gym, dress for the day, breakfast in the car, and drive to work.
8:15am – Arrive at school and prepare for students to arrive.
9:00am – The bell rings and school begins.
12:00pm – Lunch and any errands that need to be taken care of on campus on the other side of town.
3:30pm – Final bell rings and students go home, lesson preparation, planning, and meetings.
4:30pm – Leave school and head home to put ingredients for a loaf of bread in the machine.
5:00pm – Ballroom technique dance class.
6:00pm – Dinner, lesson preparations for school, and work on anything else around the house that needs to be done for the day.
8:00pm – Running at the gym, shower again (You would think I was trying to drown myself).
9:00pm – Take my “bread of the day” out of my machine, catch up on the news, Facebook, politics, write my blog post for the day, and get ready for tomorrow.
10:30pm – Read from my novel, get ready for bed, and finally sleep . . . . zzzz zzzz z z.

"If bread is the first necessity of life, recreation is a close second." - Edward Bellamy, American writer (1850-1898)

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