But the results are in, bread has been baked (and we had it for dinner with some delicious soup made from a giant zucchini with a little leek added in for good measure). Very yummy!
For the recipe Elizabeth gave us… I just did as I was told (Yes I did Elizabeth!) although I had a little difficulty finding the malted wheat berries… how strange! No malted anything here in the Netherlands. But… I remembered just in time that I bought flour in Scotland and there was a malted something on the label… Yep!
oh wait… Elizabeth said to use malted rye because the recipe she chose uses barley malt powder. That makes it all clear right? I think no one will accuse me of muddying the water when I used the whole wheat malted flour I bought in Scotland.
For the complete story of how this recipe came into being please hop over to our Kitchen of the Month where Elizabeth starts with this: I am choosing a rye bread from an area of Europe much further to the south. It’s L’Otto di Merano, a rye bread based on one of the recipes in Carol Field’s classic bread book, “The Italian Baker”.
My lower half is a bit unshapely (gee real life meets bread) but I do think a figure 8 is recognizable. (again real life meets bread)
Needed to add a bit more flour to the dough and it was still plenty sticky but it shaped and baked nicely. Open crumb, airy enough maybe a tad crumbly, did I add too much flour?
Bread Baking Babes
As you already know, Elizabeth is hosting August 2015’s Bread Baking Babes’ challenge.
We know you’ll want to make eights too! To receive a Baking Buddy Badge to display on your site: make L’Otto di Merano in the next couple of weeks and post about it (we love to see how your bread turns out AND hear what you think about it – what you didn’t like and/or what you liked) before the 29 August 2015.
Here’s how to let us know:
- email Elizabeth with your name and a link to your post (please type “BBB August 2015 bread” in the subject heading)
If you don’t have a blog or flickr-like account, no problem; we still want to see and hear about your bread! Please email me with the details, so your chapatis can be included in the roundup too.
For complete details about this month’s recipe, the BBB and how to become a BBBuddy, please read:
- BBB Kitchen of the month: Elizabeth, blog from OUR kitchen August 2015
- BBBuddy guidelines
- about the BBBabes
- Aparna, My Diverse Kitchen
- Cathy, Bread Experience
- Heather, girlichef
- Ilva, Lucullian Delights
- Judy, Judy’s Gross Eats
- Jamie, Life’s a Feast
- Karen, Bake My Day
- Karen K, Karen’s Kitchen Stories
- Katie, Thyme for Cooking
- Lien, Notitie van Lien
- Pat (aka Elle), Feeding My Enthusiasms
- Tanna, My Kitchen in Half Cups