Monday, April 28, 2008

bread baking

I bought a book, Dough by Richard Bertinet. Its very cool and I have been baking divine least thats what the eaters have been saying ...(through mouthfuls). The dough is worked differently from what i am used to, flour is not added in the kneading process. It begins very sticky but as you work with it (by stretching it and turning it over on itself gently, trapping air within) the chemical process takes over -transforming it into a wonderfully warm soft silky mass....the book says once you are 'kneading' competently it should take only 5 minutes.( It takes me twenty). I have made, quite a few times now, a white bread, using just flour waater fresh yeast and salt. The bread is called fougasse. I put the ingredients together, then work the dough for twenty mins, then rest it for an hour, then shape it, and bake it. I have been able to time it so the fougasse is out of the oven when the kids walk in from school. They eat it warm and love it. I love them loving it too.
I also make a sweet dough roll, pain viennois. It takes 20 mins to work it, an hour to rise, 10 mins to shape into rolls, an hour to prove, 10 minutes to bake. I take them out of the oven, slice them open and stuff them with chocolate. They are eaten within 10 minutes.
I use organic ingredients... except sometimes the chocolate is normal nestle. I like knowing they are eating relatively healthful treats...
Loving making bread...
Its school holidays and it's raining. Seven kids are in the house, but seven kids dont make a party..if you know what i mean. They are all variously employed, making anzac biscuits, drawing, shooting people and annoying me by hovering around me while i write this, to make it worse the hovering ones are eating apples loudly in my ears...

Yesterday morning i drove the kids to TePapa by 8 in the morning, where they partook of a record breaking one kilometer gumboot running race, organised a televised by the kids programme 'what now?". Paloma had stayed at home with Deane, so i only had four kids. I left them with thousands of others and walked to the market and bought apples, fejoas, vege's. Then Drew found me so we dumped the bags in the car and made our way to Zarbo's deli-cafe. I had my first coffee of the day, (therefore the best) and drew had a chai latte and 'just out of the oven' sweet muffin.

I am still in a funk and have not been running all week and the week before i only did one run. I am hoping its a seasonal change- funk, coupled with the aftermath of doing the coast to coast..(and failing to complete the kayack section).

I believe running is essential for my physical and mental health. Once school hols are over i will get into it again. Out damn funk.