Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above


As well as photography I have another passion that I am equally fond of; bread making. There’s nothing like fresh-baked bread, especially a loaf you have made yourself, to get your taste buds going.

When I make bread I usually make a couple of different types. This week it was Ale Bread and Ciabatta. I don’t use packet mixes, it’s good old-fashioned strong bread flour, yeast, salt, butter or oil and liquid. Combined in a bowl and worked by hand.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

Ale bread uses a strong dark beer as the liquid component and the resulting bread has a nutty taste, dark brown texture and light consistency. Perfect for rustic style sandwiches.

The image above shows the bread dough on final proving before being baked in the oven.

Baked in the oven at 210 degrees Celsius for about 30 minutes changes the dough to a loaf ready to eat, Once it’s cooled of course.

Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

That’s it for this week. Have you ever tried making bread? Was it successful?

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34 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: From Above

  1. lifebydmagdalene May 6, 2013 / 17:10

    Wow, bread making seemed daunting. Waiting for yeast to rise can be a practice in patience…great photos as always!
    Thanks for sharing…
    @))–>>—-

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 17:15

      Not too hard. I make the dough in the morning, let it prove in the kitchen and usually bake just after lunch…

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      • lifebydmagdalene May 6, 2013 / 17:36

        Bread making and taking great pictures while waiting for the yeast to rise…!!!. I will have bread making classes this week, maybe a great photo challenge next should be breads of the world!

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        • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:15

          Now that would be fun and challenging, I’m sure I could make something special for that

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  2. Life&Ink May 6, 2013 / 17:35

    I love making my own bread and am now teaching my son. Love watching him work in the kitchen and discovering of joy of making something yourself! 🙂

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 17:39

      It’s a skill we all should have..nothing like home made bread

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  3. Andrew May 6, 2013 / 17:46

    We’ve just been given the recipe for something called Artisan bread. I love the smell of freshly baked bread. Your bread looks excellent. We must have a go.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:22

      As far as I know artisan bread can have different recipes. They’re speciality breads often made by master bakers and conform to recipes which have been around for centuries

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  4. vanecktharien May 6, 2013 / 18:45

    This looks very yummy! Always admire someone that is good at bread baking!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:33

      Nothing like the smell of freshly baked bread, apart from eating it…

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  5. The Retiring Sort May 6, 2013 / 19:31

    I love baking bread – in the 70’s we baked all of our own from scratch every week. When we were both working I got two bread makers to help with the time logistics – but there is NOTHING like the smell of a house where bread is baking! Great shots!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:35

      I used to use bread makers but now I’m more experienced indo everything by hand and use the oven

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      • The Retiring Sort May 6, 2013 / 21:43

        We’re back to baking from scratch and are even doing some gluten-free baking now. But those bread makers were a lifesaver for while! (And still come in handy when the oven is otherwise occupied!) 😉

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        • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:51

          True, mine is still in the garage, just in case…

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  6. Terri at Time To Be Inspired May 6, 2013 / 19:49

    I love making bread. I’ve never understood bread machines because I think kneading is an enjoyable part of the process. The only problem with home made bread is that it is TOO good and TOO hard to resist!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 6, 2013 / 21:39

      Too true, I’m with you. I like the kneading part….

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  7. petspeopleandlife May 6, 2013 / 21:53

    Good looking shot of a perfect loaf of bread. If I were as good as you making bread I’d have a couple of loaves going in the oven. I bet that one disappears really quickly. I don’t make bread at this point in my life. Oven does not work and I have no receipe for bread without sugar (allergic to cane sugar and high fructose corn syrup, artificial sweeteners- can use honey though). Anyhow, a good husband and father you are. I’m sure or I hope you clean up the cookery things after you put the bread dough in the oven. 🙂

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  8. sukiesoriginal May 7, 2013 / 09:01

    Once upon a time, when the kids were still here, I baked bread regularly. Nowadays, it’s just the odd loaf in the bread-maker, to eat with soup. Your bread looks great – I can almost smell it!

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    • Mike Hardisty May 7, 2013 / 09:15

      I bake every week, usually Saturday morning….

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  9. Cheryl May 7, 2013 / 13:49

    I make a decent Irish Soda Bread every so often. My poor old oven is on it’s last legs. New one arrives soon, and then I’m going to try other breads. Your ale and ciabatta breads sound scrumptious! Oh … and great pics, bye the way, Mike.

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  10. elizz May 7, 2013 / 16:37

    i tried baking bread for the first time, well… did not rise that much and it’s so compact.. i think i would love to try again.. so envious with the bread you baked.. i’m sure it tastes so good.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 7, 2013 / 19:27

      Did you leave it long enough to rise the first time. After mixing, kneading (5 – 10 minutes), I leave the bread dough to rise for about two hours in the kitchen…

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      • elizz May 8, 2013 / 00:13

        i think that’s where it went wrong, didn’t leave it long enough to rise.. thanks for the tip 🙂

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        • Mike Hardisty May 8, 2013 / 00:20

          It should at least double in size. On cold days I might leave the dough for three hours if necessary. Then I’ll knock it back, shape it and leave it for a good hour, to rise again before baking in the oven.

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          • elizz May 8, 2013 / 00:28

            thank you mike, now i know what to do next time..

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  11. corneliaweberphotography May 8, 2013 / 08:21

    Thank you for your sharing, that’s so wonderful and very inspiring. I used to make bread and I loved the doing of it, the kneading is like meditation to me, just so being in touch with the dough and shaping it to a wonderful bread. You inspired me to pick up again to make bread , thank you.

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    • Mike Hardisty May 8, 2013 / 08:44

      Kneading is the time I love about bread making. Feeling it change from a sticky dough to that silky feeling is great. I also think about where I might go the following week for some photography.

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      • corneliaweberphotography May 8, 2013 / 08:49

        Thank you Mike, you worded it so beautifully, that’s exactly how I feel when I have a chance to make bread. Looking forward to your next inspiration!

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      • corneliaweberphotography May 8, 2013 / 08:52

        Thank you Mike, you put it so wonderfully in words how I feel when I have a chance to make bread. I am looking forward to your next inspiration!

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