Anyhoo... back to bad ideas.
Starting bread while your kitchen is torn apart because you had a new refrigerator delivered and it didn't fit as measured and half the cabinets around it are pulled out and you have a work horse and saws and handy-people trying to put it all back together is so NOT a good plan... (Yes, I just wrote all that in one breath)
It makes me totally tired just thinking about it. I need a nap.
To be fair, I did start the loaves a couple of hours BEFORE the work started; but about the time the bread was ready to be shaped for its second rise and the subsequent topping, all heck broke loose. It was crazy-town I tell you, cra-a-zeee.
Final preparations & rising happened in the computer room... No, I did not plan this one well at all, my friends.
Somehow, the bread made it into the oven and baked despite all the chaos going on less than three feet away from where it was baking. However, since the baking coincided with the point in time when the area in front of the oven was occupied by people trying to reinstall cabinets, it might not have made it out of the oven soon enough to prevent some over browning of the top.
Despite the non-optimal conditions, the bread gods forgave me and a couple of decent brown rice loaves came out of the oven.
Coffee marinated bacon (from my homemade bacon stash) was baked up...
By the way, ground up coffee that has been mixed with brown sugar makes an AMAZING marinade for bacon. (Side note: I think this was the first time I used my coffee grinder to grind coffee beans - it usually serves as a spice grinder...)
...and turkey and horseradish cheddar were added along with the bacon between two slices of brown rice bread.
The kitchen was finally put back together and peace was restored. At which point, my stress level dropped about fifty notches.
I have owned a copy of The Bread Bible for quite some time and have baked many different breads from it, but had never really noticed the brown rice bread recipe featured in this month's challenge. It was interesting to try this technique out. If things had been a little less chaotic (torn apart) in my kitchen, I would have made rolls to better feature the technique.
Who would have thought that a yeasted rice flour paste would yield such an interesting finish?
This post participates in The Daring Bakers. To see every one's amazing creations featuring the Dutch Crunch technique, check out The Daring Cook's site.
Until next time!