Artisan Bread with Blistered Crust? Count Me In

I know it’s been a few months since my last bread post. There’s been a bit of a rough patch at my house. First, we all caught stomach flu, bad stomach flu. At one point, I got so dehydrated that I needed an IV to get functioning again. Not fun.

Then, we caught Covid. We’ve had a few illnesses this year that I thought could have been Covid – during one of my colds, I did lose my sense of taste and smell and that was a wild experience, but it wasn’t Covid. My family is vaccinated against Covid, so thankfully, it wasn’t as bad as it could have been. However, it still knocked our entire household on our butts for a solid two weeks. I still have a lingering cough that doesn’t want to go away.

Third, we sent Lily with a mask back to school for about a week, hoping beyond hope that we were done getting sick. But nope. She came back with another cough that soon turned into congestion that led to me and my husband catching another round of the sniffles. And this recovery and illness pattern has repeated for months.

Despite all that, I did manage to make bread.

naturally leavened, cold proofed, artisan-style white bread

This recipe took me a surprising amount of time to get just right. I thought for a bit that I had enough experience as a bread maker that coming up with a new recipe would be easy peasy. It wasn’t.

With my daughter’s kindergarten class happening smack in the middle of the day, I had to get creative with my bread baking timing and schedule to work around it. I ended up waiting until the weekend to work on the recipe, and every time I failed, I had to wait another week before I could try again.

But all my trial and error and experimentation resulted in a beautiful loaf with a perfectly open crumb and blistered crust. And because it proofed in the fridge, it was much easier to ensure consistent fermentation again and again.

If you want to make my naturally leavened cold-proofed artisan white bread, check out the recipe on my bread blog,

Did You Try It?

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