I love waking up early.
|Lizzard Loves wheat (L) & Asiago & black pepper (R) bread|
The time in the morning when it feels like I have the whole city to myself is easily my favorite time of the time. Its quiet, there are so few distractions & I can use the time to do the things I want to do. Some favorite morning activities include running out to the lake path & enjoying the sunrise over Lake Michigan, catching up on my blog :), prepping for the day (laundry, dishes, making breakfast/lunch) so I don't feel rushed once Chris wakes up, and cooking. Oh, coffee- of course there is coffee throughout the early morning time....who are we kidding?
Today it is bread baking that has me awake early. My wonderful friend from college & her husband own a copy of Jim Lahey's "My Bread" (link is to the book's Amazon page) and I was flipping through it during a visit to their beautiful home last fall. Sidebar, I love visiting my friends & family in their homes. It makes me so happy to see how they've chosen to decorate, what foods they keep in their fridge & what books they are reading. I hate to live far from friends & family, but the visits make up for the distance; a little bit anyway. So "My Bread" is a beautifully photographed cookbook all about the "no knead" method of baking bread. I was hooked & ordered myself a copy so I would have it when I got home.
|Lizzard Loves.Half wheat, half cinnamon raisin walnut bread|
I'm finally experimenting with different flavors in the bread (its only taken me 4 months!) and this morning I have 1 loaf of wheat & 1 loaf of asiago & cracked black pepper. Over the weekend I made cinnamon raisin walnut for the first time and it made for stupendous toast (and that is not hyperbole - although I know I could be accused of being hyperbolic sometimes.........the toast was REALLY great!). Here is a photo of last weekend's effort.
|Lizzard Loves.Asiago and black pepper (L) and wheat (R) dough|
Here is the today's dough finishing its second rise (with the "no knead" method, you need to let the dough rise for 12-24 hours - so I made the dough yesterday morning & I bake it today!).
The bread is making my kitchen smell so darn good. I can add that to the list of things I love I suppose.....I love the smell of baking bread. I'm waiting for my bread to finish baking and I've been perusing Jim Lahey's bakery website it is a bread lovers eye candy for sure!
Yikes- I'm running the risk of being late to work- bread is done! Hooray!