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.
and yes it is just another of my thrift store finds.
and the slits are something i probably need to work on...the ends of the loaf sort of popped out. this recipe makes a huge loaf of bread! i could have easily made a half batch and had plenty for the two of us. the soft, moist bread also kept well for several days and made wonderful toast too!
the pattern that the basket makes in the crust with the flour.