Thanks to my friend Lindsay, who turned me on to this recipe for freshly baked bread in 5 minutes a day published on Mother Earth News, I've been back on a bread baking kick. For this recipe, you stir up dough for several loaves and keep it in the fridge until needed. Needed, not kneaded. The recipe requires none of that heavy labor, nor constant monitoring of short and long rises.
We've had a couple weeks of bread thanks to that recipe. This Friday night I decided I just wanted a loaf for the weekend. Rather than mix up a whole batch, I turned again to the other ubiquitous no knead recipe from the New York Times. I've tried the recipe once in the past and was pleased, but thought it could be a little better. This time, I took the advice of Cook's Illustrated, and added a short burst of kneading and a few dashes of beer.
Instead of new yeast, I also added a chunk of that Mother News dough to act as a starter.
It worked out beautifully.
Saturday when I was baking up the bread, I was in the kitchen bemoaning the fact that our apartment has terrible light. My bread pictures were lousy and blurry. In frustration, I went to find that old cheapy Canon 1.8 50mm lens. I rarely use it because I love my zoom and wide angle lens so much. Plus, the focus ring bothers me.
But, just a few shots convinced me that it's time to give this lightweight lens another chance.
There were still a lot of blurry shots, partly because of the cheap focus ring, but mostly because I still haven't bought new glasses since the husky mutt ate my last pair. Nonetheless, WOW. I love you sweet narrow depth of field. I need to take pictures like this more often.
If I do say so myself.