Sunday, February 17, 2008
I've been talking about losing ten pounds ever since I started this blog. Sometimes I think I'm just fooling myself, and other times I get inspired and determined. This was an inspired and determined weekend. I decided I could eat bread, but only good-for-you bread. I don't really like 100% whole wheat bread, but I thought I could modify a light wheat bread by cutting down on the white flour, so I modified Peter Reinhart's Light Wheat Bread, which calls for about 2/3 bread flour and 1/3 whole-wheat flour. I used 1/4 bread, 1/4 whole-wheat, 1/4 white whole-wheat, and 1/4 rye flour.
I know I'm not supposed to say this, but I really like white bread better than whole-wheat. This loaf just wasn't that great--especially not when compared to the wonderfully flavorful ciabatta that I made last week. I can see why the peasants, with their solid, healthy loaves of whole-wheat bread, moved up the bread ladder to white bread as soon as they got a chance. I would have been better off reprising Rose's Honey Oat Bread, or trying a recipe that gets more flavor from nuts or fruits. It didn't help that I didn't put any butter or jam on the bread either. On the good side, I lost a pound.
Also, when Jim photographed this bread, he insisted on taking only pictures of the ends, which--again--are rather odd looking. The last time I tried whole-wheat bread, the ends turned out looking like navels. This time, as Jim was more than happy to point out, they look like a plumber's butt.
Sounds really appetizing, doesn't it?