>Spelt Focaccia Bread (Sandwich), and More on Panera!
February 23, 2011 §
I have been eyeing Kim Boyce‘s “Good to the Grain” for several months now. Every couple weeks I would look it up to read a little more about it and tell myself that three shelves of cookbooks is enough. But recently – finally – I bit the bullet and purchased a copy. When it arrived I read through the opening pages and looked at every recipe. I do eventually want to try each of the grains profiled, but some are a bit pricey so I’ve decided to go through one at a time, beginning with spelt.
I knew I wanted to make a yeasted bread because it’s been a while since the last time, so I woke up bright and early on Sunday morning to get started on the dough. I followed the recipe exactly with the exception of switching the rise times – it calls for 2 hours for the first rise and 1 for the second, but since I had to get to yoga I let them rise the other way around. The smell of it baking was heaven in itself but the bread turned out golden brown and beautifully delicious, and I couldn’t stop eating it. Chewy on the inside with a nice crunch on the outside it made the perfect sandwich to hold my brie, baby spinach and tomatoes.
Coincidentally, while I was eating my lunch I posted a photo of my half eaten sandwich on Facebook and a friend of mine commented that she tried making a yeasted bread but it turned out to be a brick. I suggested that perhaps the water she used to proof her yeast was too warm and as it turns out – she had used boiling water, thus killing her yeast. I have sent her to The Bakers Table
, a page on the Panera* website that hosts a few videos that include tips on baking bread.
Panera also has some good resources on Facebook
, highlighting the use of fresh ingredients. It’s hard to say which section is my favorite – it’s probably a tie between the mac & cheese and strawberries (note: the strawberry section has a nice video on a delicious strawberry ad poppy seed salad!)
As much as I’d like to, I don’t make my own bread all that often. It’s hard to get through a whole batch before it goes bad, and I frankly just don’t have the time. Luckily, wonderful fresh bread can be readily found everywhere. One of my favorite places to go for a good sandwich on some wonderfully baked bread is Panera
. Their bread is fresh and dare I say even better than my own homemade bread? It’s true – I have a long way to go before I can consider myself a bread maker.
*Note: I have been compensated for my words on Panera.