NEW! Google Custom Search

Loading

The Hand Made Loaf

SallyBR1's picture

The Hand Made Loaf (post #64645)

in

got the book on Friday - I am in love.

http://www.amazon.com/Handmade-Loaf-Dan-Lepard/dp/1845333896/ref=pd_bbs_sr_1?ie=UTF8&s=books&qid=1205067111&sr=8-1

this is the kind of book that makes you want to drop everything and go try the recipes.

75% of the recipes require that you create your own leaven - from a mixture of rye flour, regular flour, raisins and yogurt

call me nuts, but I started my leaven yesterday - should be good to go in 6 days!

as for how to make the bread, he uses very little kneading, 15 seconds max, allowing the dough to rest after each kneading cycle, anywhere from 10 minutes to 1 hour, depending on the recipe.

today I will try one simple loaf that does not require the leaven, and see how it goes.

The recipes in the book are divided by country - you won t find French baguettes, for instance. France is the last country he writes about, and the breads listed are: oatcakes, barley flatbread, and salt and sour berry crispbread.
Pretty unusual stuff.

I will report back.....

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #29 of 92)

I bought it used, got it very very quickly - and in perfect condition.

if I remember correctly there were not that many available, but I hope you can find it

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

case4's picture

(post #64645, reply #32 of 92)

Sally, in Canada, they changed the title of the book slightly, The Art of Handmade Bread. Initially I couldn't find it with the UK title, even on Amazon. Then one day I was at my local bookstore and there it was, same pictures and recipes but slightly different title.

Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #33 of 92)

I think there is one version that has American measurements--is that the one you have, Sally?



Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Lazio1954's picture

(post #64645, reply #34 of 92)

I ran into the same issue when I ordered it from my library. They had access only to the newer version.

Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #35 of 92)

I have one on hold -- wonder which version I'll get?



Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Lazio1954's picture

(post #64645, reply #36 of 92)

I'm told by our library that it depends on "when" they acquired the book. Our library is really good at bringing books in from wherever they can get them, so there are never guarantees as to editions.

Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #37 of 92)

my version is only in grams, no American measurements

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #38 of 92)

The one I got from the library is ounces and cups, which is easier for me, even though my scale will measure in grams. This is going to be interesting reading!




Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
case4's picture

(post #64645, reply #39 of 92)

mine has both, imperial and metric.

knitpik's picture

(post #64645, reply #40 of 92)

Would be nice to have both. Where did you order yours?

case4's picture

(post #64645, reply #41 of 92)

I bought it at our local bookstore, Bolen Books. The title is slightly different, The Art of the Handmade Bread. The pictures and the recipes are the same.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #42 of 92)

Speaking of it - I revived my levain, have now 600 g with a pretty good fermentation going that will be used in the bread.

the leftover original batch, I decided to complete with the same amount I removed, as explained in the book. IN less than 12 hours the thing is threatening to overtake the household. I stuck it in the fridge to try to tame it. Scary stuff.

tomorrow, my first real challenging bread....

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

case4's picture

(post #64645, reply #43 of 92)

Excellent!! Depending on how often it is used, I keep ~ 1/4 cup in the fridge, it takes 1-2 refreshments before it goes wild. Believe me, I've had it over flow my container.

Plover's picture

(post #64645, reply #44 of 92)

Thanks to whoever mentioned this book in the first place - I picked up a copy today at my local bookstore (McNally Robinson Booksellers) - and I am totally in love with the book.

It is worth the price even if you never make a single recipe out of it.

I have bought a number of bread cookbooks lately, and this looks to be about the best of the lot. (Well maybe not better than the Bread Baker's Apprentice - they are very different books.)

Anyway, will start a batch of leaven this week - soon as I can get to the store for a suitable jar/container. And raisins.

I am right stoked about this.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #45 of 92)

Folks.... I don t know how to post about this. How would one post about NIRVANA? Bread nirvana...

well, I will direct you to the photos - all I can say is that this is what I've been longing to accomplish as far as bread baking goes.

http://www2.snapfish.com/thumbnailshare/AlbumID=219814434/a=103329810_103329810/t_=103329810

login
sallyparis2002@yahoo.com

password

cookie

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

knitpik's picture

(post #64645, reply #46 of 92)

Very nice loaf. Congratulations Sally. Now I want to make some too.

Was it very sour?


Edited 3/16/2008 8:50 pm ET by knitpik

SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #47 of 92)

It was not sour - the bread has a great taste, not sour like a sourdough, just intense. Hard to explain

I had no idea a loaf of bread could make me so happy! :-)

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

knitpik's picture

(post #64645, reply #51 of 92)

Good to know because I don't like sour.

You're really getting into the bread baking groove, aren't you? That's great.

Lazio1954's picture

(post #64645, reply #48 of 92)

Brava Sally!! Bravissima!!!


Now I really can't wait to get my copy from the library; I may have to just buy it if they don't get it to me soon...


You enabler you..... ;-)


Silvana

We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give.
Winston Churchill

Silvana We make a living by what we get, we make a life by what we give. Winston Churchill
SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #49 of 92)

Enabler... who? Moi?????

:-)

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

avak123's picture

(post #64645, reply #50 of 92)

Wonderful job! Looks perfect.

Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #52 of 92)

Beautiful, but I'm having second thoughts. DH was very interested in the book when he brought it home, but I know him well enough to know he's not going to like the "holey" artisanal loaf.  He wants his bread for sandwiches and toast.


That being said, I've only begun to peruse the book. Keep showing us your wonderful successes.  You're an inspiration.




Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #57 of 92)

Jean, I have the impression from looking at other breads in the book, that for the most part they are NOT "Swiss bread" (as stepson calls my favorite kind, holes all over :-)

the simple milk loaf for instance, I bet your hubby will love that

I will post as I make them, maybe you can decide which one to make and skip the swiss ones...

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)

Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #58 of 92)

I love that discription, :)  I'm sure it's wonderful bread, but it's not the thing for sandwiches or toast and jam.



Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
KarenP's picture

(post #64645, reply #53 of 92)

Beautiful bread Sally!  You've had a landmark day!  

Jean's picture

(post #64645, reply #56 of 92)

I keep going back to the beautiful milk bread photo you posted.  When I get a chance, that's the first one I'll try. Yours is prettier than the one in the book!



Youth is fleeting. Immaturity, however, can last forever.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/

A  clear conscience is usually the sign of a bad memory.
http://www.thebreastcancersite.com/
help to provide free mammograms for women in need
Sondra's picture

(post #64645, reply #54 of 92)

Okay, that's it!  Consider me very inspired.  Beautiful, in fact perfect, loaf of bread.  Well done, Sally!

Debby's picture

(post #64645, reply #55 of 92)

Took my brain awhile to figure out how to view your photos--but am I ever glad that I stuck with it!  Thanks so much for sharing this with us, Sally!  What a beautiful loaf you ended up with!!  Wow!  It's very inspirational!


Debby

case4's picture

(post #64645, reply #59 of 92)

Wow!! Well done, the pictures look great. I can almost smell and taste the wonderful bread. Which recipe did you use? I have the leaven all ready to start baking today, so I'll make the white leaven bread. I was going to start the mill loaf, but I don't have any malted grains.

SallyBR1's picture

(post #64645, reply #60 of 92)

Go for it! The malted thingies are optional anyway - I would just skip them

let me know how it goes, ok?

 


 


It is not gremolita, it is GREMOLATA!!!!

(October 2007)