Ice Meets Heat

Well we had a day of snow and ice here in Northeast U.S.A.  My driveway was packed with the white stuff layered with 2 inches of ice.

It’s 11:00 am, Sunday, so do I start to shovel the driveway or do I attempt to bake bread outside in my pizza oven?

Well, most people would probably stay inside and concentrate on some chores that need attention.

One of my friends just texted me and indicated he was shoveling his driveway.  However, looking out my window,

I can not even see outside.  So  I decided to avoid the driveway for the moment.  Maybe the sun will come out and take care of this mess.

So I was thinking let’s have ice meet heat and create bread instead of shoveling.  I can always shovel later. Plus bread making is fun.

I had prepared the dough the night before and placed it in the refrigerator.  I removed the dough from the refrigerator.  Got my hands oily and divided the dough  in 2 loaves.

I let the dough proof on the counter for about an hour.  I tried to score the dough; however, my knife was not sharp enough.

I was anxious to see if the pizza oven would get hot enough (550 degrees) in this cold weather.

I baked each loaf 15 minutes, rotated the dish and baked another 10 minutes until golden brown.  Then I cooled on racks.

The ice melted very fast around the oven.  So I was wishing that the ice would melt that fast in the driveway. However, at 8 degrees nothing is melting.

I made 2 crispy loaves.  Plus, it was fun going outside in a storm and having some fun.

I think storing the bread in a paper sack is the way to go.  So I brought some from Amazon.  If there is a better way to store the bread, please let me know.  I have so much to learn and I would love to hear your advice.

So I hear my phone ding (the fairy sound) which indicates a text message from my BFF. She asked if I needed help with snow?  I’ve learned that it’s ok to ask —once in a while.

She came over with her Bad Boy Truck and plowed my driveway.  I am so grateful!

Grateful that my BFF can melt the ice by plowing though it.

Grateful that my BFF husband cleared all the snow around my garage.

Grateful that I was able to bake 2 great loaves of bread on this chilly day.

Grateful that we are safe at home.

Grateful that I can share this ice meets heat experience.

Cheers!

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Art of Bread Making

well it’s winter here in the northeast of U.S. and the winds are strong. Snow fall has been minimal with snow storms arriving this weekend. It’s time to start to rock a new project to get me though these winter days—-

I’ve been thinking “bread” and the possibilities of making several kinds.  I’m impressed with the varieties sold at the local bakery and even my grocery store.  However, I’m concerned with all the ingredients that I cannot even pronounced and the price is a bit high for my lifestyle.  So I’ve decided to invest a bit of $’s and explore the art of making bread.

my adventure begins with a pizza propane oven that is portable and is tall/wide enough for a bread to rise.

So here is the oven! It is perfect.  So far it has heated up to 600 degrees.

I’ve tested it out by baking pretzelS.

Pretzels were tasty, soft and a crunchy outer crust.

please join me as this new winter adventure unfolds. Let’s explore the possibilities together with your comments, suggestions and bread stories.

Lets’ rock 2019 with Bread making…