I recently checked out Peter Reinhart’s Bread Baker’s Apprentice from the public library. I’m re-kindling an old interest in bread making that goes back to my days of working as a baker during a summer break from college. Since then, the majority of my baking has focused on making sweets or quick breads. No complaints, I just finally felt it was time to begin exploring bread making more seriously.
This past week I’ve baked two loaves of ciabatta and “Italian” bread. Each bread took upwards of six hours to make, and that was a day or two after starting the poolish and biga. However, it was well worth the time and energy. Both breads turned out well.
I just noticed this morning that another patron has placed a hold on the book (grumble, grumble). Looks like I’ll be ordering my own copy today.