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 comments

  1. 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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  2. 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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    • 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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