i'm having the worst bread baking day i've ever had...
... i've been searching for that perfect sourdough loaf, you know, the one's you see that are full of air-holes and have that incredibly crispy crust and i've not quite made it yet...
... I was all ready to follow the best recipe ever by Luc Martin, for which i've been so excited about all week, but I lost patience and used the wrong kind of flour and it's been a wasted 24 hours and i'm pissed off... and I have two bread bricks I could kill a Luchador with... i will try again next weekend with the correct flour!
... so in an attempt to make matters worse I thought i'd try this easy ciabatta recipe... and whilst its ingredients don't call for a sourdough starter, it does say you should make a sponge the night before, which is essentially what a sourdough is...
... i'm also using this post as my entry for the Fresh From the Oven Challenge, which came from Helen at Fuss Free Flavours, who has asked us all this month to bake anything as long as we use flour from a local miller or supplier, so i've used some fabulous flour from our local windmill, the Alford Five-Sailed Windmill, which is beautiful stuff as well as a beautiful place and well worth a visit!
- 350g very strong white bread flour (I used a light brown organic flour)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon yeast
- 3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 200ml hand-hot water
- 115g very strong white bread flour
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon fast action dried yeast
- 150ml hand-hot water