I made bread for the first time in a long time, and didn't even think to take pictures until I was headed out the door, late, to a lunch and thought I should prove that I had a reason to be tardy - shaped ciabatta, sitting in a couche, ready to rise:
And when I returned it had risen and, well, fallen a bit:
But it baked up beautifully!
The recipe is from "The Bread Baker's Apprentice."
and then I made some granola, from Fritz's mom's recipe. Dorothea has a great basic recipe that I've been modifying depending on the nuts and fruits that I had around. This batch has almonds, pecans, cinnamon and no fruit.
When I was little, my mom made homemade bread for our lunches until my brother and I complained that the bread wasn't quite as uniform as the stuff our friends brought to school, pre-sliced.
Over the years, I've turned into a baker, but I hadn't taken on yeasted breads and rolls too often, aside from Grandma's cinnamon roll recipe.
I lost my job early in 2009, and I used my time while unemployed to experiment in the kitchen. I went from making a few loaves of bread for my own consumption to baking bread or sweets for every event I could.
When I managed to find a job again, I vowed to keep baking...and I still can't believe I ever asked my mom to buy our family bread in a bag.