Tuesday, December 07, 2010


It takes only a minute to make HMB (homemade bread) and so worth it on a cold and icy day. I use the no-knead recipe from Mark Bittman, but lately have altered it a bit.
I use a half teaspoon of dry yeast in 12 oz of warm tap water, and mix in three cups of bread flour and a half teaspoon of salt. Cover the dough in the bowl with plastic wrap and place somewhere warm. The mantle of the fireplace (gas logs heat our house) was just perfect.
 Let it rise until double, then punch it down and add a bit more flour to make it kneadable, but just work it into a nice smooth ball, and return it for a second rise. About an hour later it is ready to shape into a loaf. I used an egg wash to get that golden crust.  Bake at 450 for about 30 minutes, and your house will smell wonderful.
After quilting Bradford Copse Revisited, I had a nice cuppa and finished the sixth Eternity scarf for Joanne S.

About Bradford Copse Revisited: I made this piece again for the benefit of establishing a working relationship with a design firm, hoping to have a reason to make more quilts. It was not a commission, and it does not have a buyer. I needed to show my bona fides about turn-around time etc. So it is available. Email me.


  1. Thanks Melody - the bread sounds heavenly. Going to try it soon.

    Hugs - Marie

  2. I needed to make bread today and I think I'll try this :) Yours looks delicious....and I can smell it now! YUM!!!

  3. What? No Chumley??
    Sorry, Mel....I've been a faithful, but mostly silent follower for years (for years!!!), but now I have an even more urgent reason for clicking in every day. Chumley.
    Alas, I'm smitten.

  4. Melody, you've renewed my determination to make some of this wonderful crusty bread. Made some sourdough, but mine has been tough as shoe leather. Now back to regular yeast.

    Second, I saw a metaphor that I want to explore tomorrow. So many parallels between bread and other art.


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