I made bread!

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I made bread yesterday! Well two breads actually, I feel like superwoman or Wonder Woman (whoever is better, go with it 😉)
I tried my hand at making ciabatta and focaccia yesterday and let me tell you, it was fun. I thought I only enjoyed baking desserts but I might just have found another love

Maybe, it’s because they weren’t so hard to make. It was a long process (especially for the ciabatta) but so worth it in the end. The smell of the focaccia as it comes out the oven is just beautiful! The things God inspires us to invent, wow! Just wow

Anyway, let me take you through my experience

I started the ciabatta on Saturday evening, while I was watching the Olympics, but actually baked it Monday evening. Very long prep time. I first made the biga, which is a fermented sponge I think. I then left it at room temperature for 24 WHOLE HOURS! Yes, you read that right.

Then, I added to biga in my stand mixer bowl along with all the other dough ingredients, on Monday morning. After all the mixing, my dough wouldn’t rise after almost 2 hours. I was ready to give up because I was making the focaccia dough at the same time. But Google came to the rescue! Apparently, my biga was too cold so the yeast didn’t activate

After I corrected my silly self, I was good to go. I allowed the dough to rise for 3 hours and folded the dough twice in that time. Then I was ready to bake. I divided the dough in two; I fully baked one and half baked the other

The focaccia was a lot easier. All the ingredient went in together and I enjoyed kneading the dough by hand though. I let it rise once then place in my pan, poked & drizzled with extra virgin olive oil, and left it to rest for 15mins before baking. The focaccia came out a little thin so I couldn’t make a sandwich with, so I’ll be trying that one again later this week. Wish me luck

PS. I actually did both breads again last night and the results were definitely a lot better 😊

All in all, this was a good experience for me. Plus, I can’t stop munching on the focaccia ( I’m not sure how good that is for my non existent abs. Oh well)

Well, that’s my adventure for the week. I think I’m done for a while (she says as she searches more bread recipes…)

Do you make your own bread? If you do, please tell me how you store it to keep it fresh

Until next week,

Cuddle Fairy

Charlotte's Lively Kitchen - #TheFoodCalendar

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  • Thanks Charlotte 😊 I'm glad you've been inspired

  • I love making bread, I find the kneading very theraputic. I've not actually tried ciabatta, I remember watching it as a technical challenge on bake off a couple of years ago and think how tricky it looked. Yours look great and have inspired me to pop it back onto my must bake list.

  • Thank you and Yh, it does require a lot of patience haha 😂

  • Thank you 😊

  • They look great. Well done you. I've never made bread. I'm not sure I'd have the patience for it lol x

  • Well done you! I've only ever made bread in the bread maker, that reminds me I must dig that out x #BloggerClubUK

  • Thank you so much and you should definitely try it and let me know how it turns out for you 😊

  • You really can, I'm a testiment of that! Just find an easy recipe to start with & you'll be good to go 😊

  • The kneading was definitely fun! I made pizza a couple of weeks ago and I loved it too. I still have some pizza dough in the freezer for later 😉

  • That's the one we just couldn't get enough of! I'm so glad I still have my part baked loaf waiting for me 😊

  • I am so impressed, well done! Love ciabatta bread but have never attempted to make it, yours looks so delicious

  • Wow well done for making your bread. I wish I could make mine from scratch.

  • That bread looks amazing and I bet the kneading was fun! The only bread I have made is a pizza base. But the focaccia looks so yum!

  • Focaccia is my favourite! I could devour a whole loaf no problems. We tend to make sour dough hear it's nice too. 😀

  • Yes! The smell is amazing, makes me want to carry on making bread on a regular basis 😊

  • I think you should try it, you'll enjoy it even more because you know you made it 😊

  • I'm with you on that one, that's why it took me so long to even consider making my own haha. Thank God we know better now 😋

  • Thanks. Is your bread maker any good? I thought about getting one but I don't make bread too often so I left it. You should really try making yours from scratch, you'll never know till you try 😉

  • Thank you and you definitely should! It's so fulfilling 😊

  • That looks lush!
    I love making bread and the gorgeous smell that fills the house when baking it 🙂

  • This looks delicious. Our new year's resolution was to learn to make bread – slightly complicated by it having to be gluten free. Haven't tackled it yet, but now thinking I'll give it a go…

  • These look really good! Baking bread is really fun, I done it when my little one was younger for him to try and he loved it. The process isn't complicated either with is great, I used to think you could only do it with a bread maker when I was younger haha

    Jordanne || Thelifeofaglasgowgirl.co.uk

  • Looks great and yum! We have a breadmaker but I've been dying to make my own from scratch too, but just not so brave!

  • Ooooo this looks so good! I LOVE breads like this….unfortunately I can't bake to save myself…this tempts me to give t another go though! #BloggerClubUK
    Laura @ 2 Travelling Tots