zero…the thermometer said zero. by nashville standards, that is beyond cold. staying warm in that kind of cold is a challenge. there is only so much clothing one person can wear. the thermostat can only go so high before you run up a tremendous bill. it is also a perfect excuse to turn on the oven and bake a batch of bread.
this week, the tuesday with dorie bakers mixed up a batch of country bread. this simple loaf is a perfect addition to a pot of hot soup.
the recipe uses a sponge that sits for a few hours but i let mine sit overnight. the kitchen was pretty cool due to the cold weather. that extra time allowed the bread to develop more flavor. the recipe also called for using a bread basket-a banneton. amazingly, i do not own one! instead, i use this little basket. the pattern it makes on the loaf is eye catching.
the loaf gets folded and shaped and folded and shaped and folded and shaped again. i cut 4 slits across the top-it seemed like a good idea. here it is on the peel, ready to go in the oven.
the crumb is nicely textured with a little chewiness from the whole wheat and rye flour used in the recipe. to see the recipe, visit the site of a fellow tuesdays with dorie blogger, one clever mom, who has posted the recipe. to see the posts of the other bakers, visit the tuesdays with dorie website.