Bread Musings

Bread
 By E. J. Mudd (curated by Bryce Johnson)

Mix flour, water, salt and yeast.
If the phone rings, don’t answer.
Your fingers are a sticky mess.

Let dough rise in a nice, warm place.
If the phone rings, don’t answer.
You’re creating.

Knead till satiny. Divide into loaves.
If the phone rings, don’t answer.
You’re sculpting.

Bake in hot oven till crisp and brown.
If the phone rings, don’t answer.
You’re in aromatherapy.

Take out and eat a piece at once.
If the phone rings, don’t answer.
You’re in heaven.

Panis Angelicus.

Photo Credit: amazon.com  Here are some recommended bread baking books for your own library, or as gift, from a real live baker:
 Michael Pollan’s “Cooked.”: He discusses a variety of foods, but the 2nd chapter is an exceptional discussion of the history, science and practice of bread making.

Two other excellent books are “Bread” by Jeffrey Hamelman and “Tartine” by Chad Robertson. 

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