Today is Tuesday and I am baking Semolina Bread with Dorie. This week our hosts are Anna from Keeping it Luce and Renee from The Way to My Family’s Heart. You can find the recipe at either one of their sites.
I love making bread at home, so I was very excited to try this recipe. It is what I consider, to be a very “old school” recipe. It began with making a sponge and by the time you were ready to put it in the oven, it had risen for about 6 hours!
I think I have become a lazy bread baker, I often use the popular Artisan bread recipe, you know the one – throw it all in a bowl and let it rise, then stick it in the oven,
I had a hard time finding Semolina flour. This was shocking to me because we live in a big city and I thought I could easily find it. I decided, after some research, to use Cake Flour. It is a very fine flour and from what I read, so is semolina. Since I have never tried this recipe before, I am not sure if it made a difference in the bread or not.
|I used my Kitchen Aid for the mixing|
I found the dough to be very sticky and somewhat hard to work with. I wanted to keep adding flour to get it to, what I would consider, the right consistency. I stuck with the recipe and used only the amount of flour the it called for.
I placed the dough on a cookie sheet as the recipe suggested for it’s last rise. I checked on it after about 30 minutes and it seemed to be spreading, not rising! I decided to put the dough and the parchment paper in a bread pan and see what happened.
The bread baked nicely in the loaf pan. I would try it this way again. I also realized how nice it was to bake something in parchment paper. I usually use parchment paper when baking cookies. I think I will use this method for other recipes.
We ate some of the bread with a simple dinner of pasta and fresh veggies that were sauteed in a little olive oil and butter. It was a wonderful meal.
This morning I am going to toast the bread and have some homemade jam on it! I’lll let you know how it turns out!
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