Back to basics by baking basic bread:
I hope you had a wonderful Easter, we certainly did. Hubby and I celebrated the day of hope and promise with our son, who is visiting for a short time before heading off on yet another adventure somewhere in the world. We watched the sunrise over the ocean then later dined outside to the sound of the waves and cooled by a light ocean breeze. We spent the day together as we prepared our meal as a team, hubby on the grill, me at the oven and my sweet boy preparing the alfresco dinning area.
For some time I have been thinking about doing some bread baking, I use to enjoy baking bread but years of anti-carb rhetoric had taken away some of the joy; even though bread baking is perhaps one of the oldest life-sustaining traditions the world over. Then a few days ago I was visiting a favorite blog and came across a bread recipe that resonated with me. Diana Bauman over at Humble Kitchen (you can find the link on my home page under kindred spirits) shared a recipe she described as “Simple European Style Everyday Bread” – with a title like that, who could resist! So for Easter dinner I prepared this beautiful, and beautifully simple, bread for my family. Inspired by the tradition and simplicity of the bread I also decided to make some home-made butter; another super simple process.
Later we gave thanks and shared our Easter meal together on the porch and dined on steak grilled on Himalayan salt blocks, asparagus casserole, baked potatoes, warm-from-the-oven home-baked bread and freshly churned (blended) creamy white butter – yum!
Get back to basics by baking basic bread.
Making butter in my Ninja blender: Pour a pint of heavy whipping cream and a pinch of salt into a blender or food processor (I used a ninja blender) Blend until a solid clump forms and separates from the liquid (butter milk). I stopped the blending several time to push the whipped cream down into the blades; this process took several minutes. Strain the clump through cheese cloth, shape (I used a small bowl to shape my butter into a mound but it can also be shaped into a log and gently wrapped in wax paper. Keep refrigerated.
“Simple European Style Everyday Bread”