Saturday, July 24, 2010

Eff You Atkins!


After reading 52 Loaves, by William Alexander, I decided to try my hand at baking bread for the family.
Alexander urges all of us to bake bread with a wild yeast levain, otherwise known as a starter or sourdough. It's French so go with it. I did, and I'm very happy with the result.
Slasher
This device measures miles run in the last week.
Today, I was finally able to put together the time needed to gather up all my old meth lab equipment make Pain de l'abbaye Saint-Wandrille. This is the recipe he used to get the monks at that abbey baking bread for themselves and the local villagers - a craft they had put aside for the last bunch of years. Read the book if you want to learn more.

The whole process takes a while, but there are hours of slack time while chemical processes take place and families sleep.
The Blob


It took about 1/2 hour last night, then about 2 hours of work today to make two really nice loaves.

The recipe will make 6 loaves, but then the title for this post would have to be "Eff You Atkins, I'll Dig You Up, Chop Your Head Off, Then Re-bury You Because I'm a Bread Eater, In Fact, I Eat Flour Right Out of the Bag So Sit and Spin!!" So I did some calculations on my cell phone and got it down to two ginormous loaves.

I promise a running post very soon with a giveaway contest that will make you drooool!

And there is some whispering of an upcoming open-water swim/triathlon with a boring runner and an Engineer. Stay tuned!


9 comments:

Neil Z said...

Nice! Asian porn guy! WooT!

Running Through Phoenix said...

They (I'm assuming it's twin girls between the ages of 20 and 22) have been after me for a while.

gene said...

funny, i plopped the Chinese into a translator, and he says you have "nice buns".
ahahahaha.....
i baked some bread this past winter, with the idea of doing one a week. it lasted 2 weeks. i hope you have better success....

Kelsey: the Blonde Bullet said...

Hah. I've eaten flour out of the bag too. It's kinda gross saying that out loud... or through a keyboard anyway

It's great to find a fellow Pheonician!

And the bread looks delicious. And God I love bread.

Whitney said...

Must. Eat. Bread.

Molly said...

when can I come over?

RunningLaur said...

that's some pretty darn delicious bread!

Adam said...

Why were you cutting coke with a razor attached to a spoon? That is the shittiest looking shank I've ever seen

Lisa said...

Okay, that's impressive. The loaves look fantastic! I've never made bread myself, but my grandmother always used to bake it. warm, homemade bread right out of the oven is one of the most comforting things ever!