While the sourdough was rising, I decided to try a Rustic Bread from a recent issue of Southern Lady. This one turned out to be an all afternoon affair, definitely a weekend only venture for me. It has three stages of rising and resting but the result is a nice, crusty loaf, tender on the inside, and would be a great accompaniment to the pot of soup my husband Chris made earlier in the day - that is, if it lasts until soup time tomorrow night. I halved the recipe due to running low on my supply of bread flour but it still made a nice size loaf.
|Mixed and resting|
|After the second rising|
Flour a baking sheet. Shape dough into a loaf and place on sheet to rise another hour or until doubled in bulk.
And while the bread was cooling my two guys were standing behind me with a bread knife and the butter tub waiting for a sample. I don't think it's going to make it to soup time.