Recipe 1: White Loaves
Hannah: Day one of the baking challenge. White loaves. Jessica and I go to the grocery store to buy all the necessary ingredients. Yeast. Check. Bread flour. Check. Unsalted butter. Check. Seems pretty simple.
Jessica starts in on the challenge. First problem, we don’t have a baking thermometer. No problem we just use a human thermometer (after having been thoroughly cleaned.) Serves the same relative purpose, right? Second problem, for some reason our yeast does not seem to get that nice creamy texture that we have seen in all the google pictures.
Jessica: I should not have had coffee before baking. Temperamental yeast and jittery me do not make frothy foam. But this next packet is blooming, awesome.
Hannah: We have completed the first step and everything seems to be going as planned. I get giddy over how beautiful our dough ball looks. I celebrate with a glass of red wine. I firmly believe baking and red wine go hand in hand. We are interviewing new roommate candidates today. One of the girls who is coming to look at the house is a pastry chef. I hope she isn’t intimidated by our really awesome baking skills 🙂
J: The rest of baking went fairly straight-forward. We stuck to the recipe like the dough stuck to that dough hook. At one point, I was weighing the mixer down with my body to keep it from rocking off the counter. One incidental mishap, our mixer bowl is now permanently affixed to its housing, and no amount of Hannah’s and my combined strength could free it. Oh well, I’ll save that battle for another day.
While Hannah showed our potential roommate our humble dwelling, I popped those yeasty air bubbles and shaped the loaves. How domestically blissful I must appear to our new guest, apron, pearls, and all. If she doesn’t want to join this, get out of the kitchen.
H: The house is now filled with the scent of homemade bread. Despite my limited contribution to this project, I have a strange sense of pride about how these loaves turned out. They are perfectly shaped, golden on all sides, crispy on the outside and soft on the inside. Yum.