||[Aug. 1st, 2010|07:57 pm]
I hate the fact that Kiyan knows what pushing down the power button on my laptop does. If it's left open around him, then it gets shut down.|
My challah didn't turn out very pretty but the dough was good, so I'm not going to enter mine but I am helping Pari do up a batch so she can enter it into the 4H food competition.
The home loaf is in the oven, I included an egg wash and dusted the outside with wheat bran because it looks pretty. The wheat bran makes it harder to slash the top, but I managed. I have a current favorite slashing knife for my bread, but can't find it at the moment. I'm more concerned with a very sharp knife in an unknown location than having to find another for the slashing.
Several years ago I did the 100 Loaves blog for a short time (burned out on baking unfortunately, if I'd been in the beginning of my experimentation I think I would have done it for longer). Part of me wants to set one of my meaningless goals, like when I baked the giant loaf of bread for no apparent reason other than to see just how big I could make it. I may do the math and see how hard it would be do to 100 loaves in a year to give away, smaller loaves of about 1 lb each (my normal are 1.5 lbs). I'll do a cost analysis and see how much it would run before trying, and I wouldn't start until January to keep track of the year better.
I also want to work on my challah. I've thought of some new knotting techniques that would make pretty loaves. Braiding some regular dough would also be interesting, but it doesn't hold together the same.
Enough musing on baking. Tomorrow I turn in the loaves in the afternoon for judging on Tuesday morning, and we'll get all of Pari's stuff entered.