Bread making is going really well, it's surprising how quickly you get into the habit of doing something after a break of months. Especially when the end result is something so tasty, and is cheaper than most shop bought breads.
I keep all my ingredients in the stainless steel breadbin next to Ken ... my right hand man when it comes to making bread ... if they are all to hand it helps me just get on with it and I can see if I am running out of supplies at a glance. I still have one more each of the white and brown strong bread flours in the cupboard, although the bags seen in this photo are now much depleted.
The recipe is in there too on it's little post-it, and even though it's now second nature to do everything I do check it as I'm going through the stages, it's easy to get distracted and miss out the salt, which although you may think would make bread healthier in fact makes for a bloody awful tasting loaf of bread :-(
Anyway you may have wondered about the title of this post, well here's a tip I have used for years now when you're covering the bread for it's first proving it's a great idea to use a shower cap.
Firstly it makes a brilliant airtight seal, secondly unlike clingfilm it's reusable, just a wipe down after you've used it and it can go back into it's little box ready for next time. Thirdly, if you go to hotels they are usually free ... and as Alan has a large three day business meeting three times a year in a rather nice hotel he is able to keep me well supplied.
So bread and shower caps ... two things that are back in my life to stay.
And it's good that I have had a bit of practise because over our rationing period starting 12th February I will be making all our own bread. I'll most likely make it a bit browner than our usual half and half mix of flours to make it more authentic for our Living on Rations month and because we will need to get the added goodness that more brown flour will give us.