Here are a few things that happened over the holidays.
1. I made my own soap. I had heard so many stories of people making their own soap and how great it was, so I just had to try it. I thought it was super runny, a weird undesirable texture and no lather. Of course I could have done something wrong but I’ve already convinced myself it’s the recipe’s fault.
2. My camera phone battery died. This is the reason for the lack of posting. Although, it’s been a good excuse for me to take pictures using the ipad and blame the poor photography on not having my “real” camera to make them better.
No knead bread recipe
2 cups flour
1 cup white whole wheat flour
1/4 tsp instant yeast
1 tsp salt
1-1/2 cups warm water
Combine all the ingredients in a large bowl. Mix with a wooden spoon just until everything is combined. Cover with plastic wrap and let sit for 12 to 20 hours.
After 12 to 20 hours, your dough will smell like beer and appear bubbly. Using wet hands, place dough on a lightly floured surface. Fold the edges of the dough toward the middle and use your hands to shape the dough into a ball. Place the ball fold-side down on a floured tea towel. Sprinkle a little more flour on top of the dough ball and cover with another tea towel, or by folding the first tea towel in half. Let the dough sit for two hours.
Half an hour before the second rise is finished, get ready by setting your oven to 450 degrees and putting your empty covered pot inside to heat up.
Remove hot pot from the oven. Grease it with a little olive oil. Pick up the towel holding the dough and place the dough into the pot. Give the pot a gentle shake to even out the dough. It’s ok if it looks messy; it will even out once it’s baked. Place the covered pot back into the over for 30 minutes. Then, take the lid off the pot and cook uncovered for another 15 minutes.
Sorry for the lack of photos, see point number 2.