Hump Day. TGIW? It's all downhill from here, right?
While we're waiting for the weekend to come to us, may as well bake.
This afternoons baking consisted of 3 items.
First up, baguettes.
Hadn't made baguettes before, but they were pretty easy.
Made up a batch of no-knead dough yesterday following the Artisan Bread in 5 Minutes a Day recipe. Let it sit in the fridge overnight, took it out when we got home, let it warm up a bit and made these crusty little loaves.
This was a practice run for Danielle's wedding in June. I'm going to bake the bags for (part of) the appetizers, served up with olive oil.
There were four to start-one was consumed in a taste test.
Nice and crusty on the outside, chewy with a decent crumb inside.
These'll work, oh boy will they work.
Then I had some leftover dough, so I made a boule for my favorite retiring co-worker.
She'll get this
in the morning tonight-it's better warm.
Finally I made 2 pizzas for supper ( hadn't had any in a couple of days).
Used the frozen dough from Sav-A-Lot.
It cost 99 cents, defrost easily in the microwave and spreads easily. It's not as good as homemade dough, but darn close and for a weeknight it's a timesaver.
Made a white pie with garlic, onion, tomato, parm, mozzarella and some fresh basil.
Then a cheese pie with regular pizza sauce.
More good stuff.
With the new oven I can use the pizza stone and my new peel. I cooked these at 500 degrees.
Makes a huge difference. Once you start baking on the stone, you won't go back I assure you-just don't let your knuckles brush up against it when you're removing the pizza-it's hot, really hot.