Quest is the weekly photo challenge theme.
At first glance, this word brings to mind King Arthur, the Holy Grail and all that but, on further consideration, I recall my personal quest — to make homemade bread!
I come from a long line of bakers with my eldest sister having inherited the knack for making bread. My mother did try to show me how to make cinnamon buns, once upon a time. However, that was not a success story. I did not grasp the time warp element of waiting for bread to rise!
Quite a few years later, I discovered a recipe that suited my beginner skill set. After watching the talented Chef Michael Smith make some no-knead Country Bread, City Bread, I decided to give it a try. Everything went according to plan, resulting in a delicious loaf of bread to accompany some homemade soup the next day.
Quest achieved! So happy was I that I wrote a poem to capture the memory of that milestone! 🙂
FIRST BREAD! My first finished loaf of bread no kneading required was round and golden hollow sounding to the tap Only four tangible ingredients went into this masterpiece In a big round mixing bowl I placed bread flour water salt yeast Then, I stirred this quartet covered the mix with a cloth set in a warm place to rise for 18 hours Yes 18 hours! And rise it did! I removed the cover and aimed my fist into the goopy mass of wet glutinous strands and pockets of air. ready to be shaped into a loafy form Then I covered it with my Irish linen towel To rest After a couple of hours, The dough had reclaimed its height It was ready to lift into a pre-heated Hot cast-iron oven-proof cooking pot Covered and placed in the oven. In less than an hour I retrieved this dark green pot from the oven Lifted the lid and there it was A loaf of perfection Served later—thick slices with browned butter. Yum-m-m!
© 2016 Patricia McGoldrick
Later, I ventured to make bread again. The second loaf, pictured here, was tasty but smaller. Inspired by Claire Tansey, another food expert, I made Irish brown bread — delicious. It is a perfect fit for St. Patrick’s Day meals!
As for the bread quest, I will be content to try this venture again — next year!