Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Bread- Jeffrey Hamelman

Every one has a new years resolution, but this year I had a very different one. I decided that I would go through Jeffrey Hamelman's book Bread: A Bakers Book of Techniques and Recipes from cover to cover.

I have been baking bread for about five years, but recently I have made it a cornerstone of my weekly and often daily routine. Preparing my preferment on evenings and mixing and baking breads on the following day. I have found it to be my most spiritual expereince all week, and I often look forward to it far in advance. I have through Hamelmans guidance prepared both a wheat sourdough starter and a rye sour dough starter. Why do I make bread? I am not a hundred percent certain but I do know that I love the process. Four simple ingredients: flour, water, salt and yeast -making such a humble product that has been savored for thousands of years. It has been noted that Egyptians made sour dough bread in the days of the pyramids. There is a lot to be said about the things that last in this constantly changing world.

I have found bread bakers to simply love what they do. Why do they bake so they can share that love. Desmond Tutu once said "Let us break bread and celebrate our diversity" To say anything additional would only detract from those honest, humble and peaceful words.


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