Many things I do are probably downright irresponsible and illogical. Like making bread and blogging about it, when large areas of the house are still scary to venture into because of the piles of this and that tottering around you. Just fixing that one many-faceted problem should take priority over any optional activities, but there's more.
A party is being given for B. this Saturday, for which actual cleaning would be in order, and maybe hanging some balloons in those places where we still don't have pictures back up on the wall for several reasons. I don't have all my wedding garments ready or chosen or shopped for, for my own son's wedding that is in two weeks. The church garden needs some more things planted, so they'll be ready for the big festival we have in two months, and my garden wants weeding. Grandchildren are having birthdays for which I mustn't forget to send the gifts I do have around here somewhere.
If I say that some things must be done just to keep me sane, I hope it will make people think twice before they call me to account for what is probably laziness. In any case, I'm glad I did make bread yesterday. I tried to come up with a sensational title to this post, seeing how breadmaking is so fundamental and important an activity in the history of the world. And I love to make bread, though I haven't for a year or more...can't remember the last time I took out the yeast. When God gives me a summer of fog, and goosebumps in my own house, perhaps I could make a case for it even being logical to make bread.
Any bread would do, the mood I was in, so I found this card in my recipe box, and rye flour in a drawer. I started by mixing a sponge in my Kitchen Aid, and would have done most of the kneading in there, too, but I couldn't find my dough hook. It must be in one of those boxes I haven't unpacked. So I initiated my new quartz countertops in a monochromatic kneading session that only hurt my wrists a little bit.
I stayed up late last night waiting to take this bread out of the oven, and I'd have blogged about it right then if my camera battery hadn't been used up. The plan was to go right to bed as soon as I turned off the stove. But it didn't seem long after I set the loaves on my new baking stone and shut the door before B. called from upstairs to ask what that "strong" smell was; he hoped the bread wasn't burning.
No, it wasn't, but when I looked inside, I saw that it was browning more quickly than I expected. Must be the convection oven, or the amount of sugar in the dough. I put some foil loosely over the top and let it stay in the full 45 minutes, during which time the whole house filled with the heady anise smell on top of the plain wonderful bread smell.
When I did take it out, I must have been in the middle of reading something interesting; anyway, I didn't go to bed, and before I knew it, the bread was cool enough to slice and eat, which I did. I'm glad to report that it wasn't as exquisite eating as it was intoxicating to the olfactory senses, or I'd have gone to bed really late, with a tummy ache.
It's a very nice bread, but a little too sweet and rich for my taste. I'll have to make some adjustments if I use the recipe again. This morning I hope to take one loaf to a friend. Thank You, Lord!