Karen at Cornflower baked the original Jim Lahey bread today ... it's a two-day process that makes good bread. If you need bread on the table NOW, just bake your usual dough in a covered Le Creuset pot (what Americans call a Dutch oven) in a hot oven. The fastest I can manage this is 90 minutes start to finish (45 minutes in the breadmaker on dough setting), straight into the hot pot without a rest (better to rest the dough for at least 10 minutes, but things are not always perfect, and yeast is very forgiving), 30 minutes covered, 10 uncovered. A little time to cool. Method and links here.
The loaf in the photograph was made in a hurry, but, even so, had a good holey crumb and tasted great
Friday flowers - imperial cornflowers - Imperial Cornflowers by Fabergé, c.1900-1905; now in New York's Metropolitan Museum of Art. A work of supreme craftsmanship as it is, I think I'd rather have...
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