Saturday, November 10, 2007

Bread

I baked my first bread made from my sourdough starter today. Aside from not actually being sour, it turned out wonderfully. I'm all excited about having grown my own yeast. The bread is soft with a crispy crust and a pretty open crumb, tastes pretty much like French bread from the store (it could use slightly more salt, too), and made a great grilled-cheese sandwich. Also good with apple butter, but then, any bread is good with apple butter.

I also received Amish friendship bread starter from Eric's sister and brother-in-law (I'm not sure which of them actually did it). It came with a recipe. The recipe requires a box of instant pudding mix. What kind of Amish recipe is that? I'm going to make the bread, as it so happens we have a box of instant pudding mix that we're unlikely ever to use up any other way, but I was tempted to track down the originator of this recipe and take issue with him or her. I'm fairly sure that boxes of instant pudding mix are not a common Amish crop.

5 comments:

Jennifer said...

The recipe as it first showed up on the internet does not contain instant pudding. My guess is that some enterprising cook added it over the years.

http://groups.google.com/group/rec.food.cooking/msg/3db8b5a3c3a495a7?hl=en

Jennifer said...

Well, that didn't work...

here?

Jen(n) said...

Mmmmmmm... Apple butter. One of the few things I miss about the east coast. :)

Jenny said...

Thanks, Jen! That's interesting...and I like the Girl Scouts tie-in. Okay, I can forgive the pudding as a Telephone-like addition.

Jen(n), what do you mean, one of the things you miss about the east coast? My family made it in Washington State, and it's not like you can't get apples (or, okay, buy actual apple butter, though it's not as good) elsewhere. Where do you live? I'll send you some. :)

Jen(n) said...

I've been in Oakland for 10 years, and I've yet to see it at a local farmer's market. I doubt I could make a decent apple butter... But when I was in Maryland last May I bought a year's supply - so I'm good for now. ;)

(I also can't find a good veggie General Tso's Chicken in the ethnically diverse and foodie-obsessed Bay Area either - yet they have a killer version near my parents' house in suburban non-ethnic, non-foodie-obsessed Maryland. Go figure!)