These loaves were fun to shape! Little did I know, this was to be my last bread for a little while. After hurting my ankle a week ago, I took a bit of a break from baking. Then i came back to bake this bread (I had been enticed by the photograph in the Bread Baker’s Apprentice). Now I have started a new job and it looks like i am not going to have any time to bake or cook. Today I worked 13 hours. C’est la vie d’un architecte! This is soon to become a Crock Pot themed blog! I’ll be making meals on the weekend for the rest of the week. It could be gross, or it could be exciting uncharted culinary territory!
This recipe was straightforward. I used rye flour to makes these loaves (1/3 C) and can only slightly taste it. I can only bake one loaf at a time in my oven (and i only have one baking sheet) so the two smaller ones spent a lot of extra time proofing in a couche (hence the light coating of flour on those two). Even though i found this bread less interesting than the Pain a L’Ancienne or Ciabatta, Joe liked it and it made some really good…
I just seeded and diced a tomato and mixed it up with balsamic, basil, salt, red pepper flakes, and a pinch of fresh ground black pepper. I toasted the 1/4″ slices of Pain on both sides using the oven broiler, topped with the tomato mixture, then a tiny bit of cheese. I broiled them again for just a couple minutes with the rack on the top oven shelf. Total cooking/ prep time: about 10 minutes. Can’t beat fresh tomatoes!
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