July 17, 2007

Brot, ECHTES Brot!

Truth be told, I'm a bread snob. Why do I tell you that? I've found it best to embrace such truths like badges of honor as opposed to hiding them like unsightly wounds.

Every time we head down the bread isle at the supermarket, I get that "throw up in your mouth" feeling when I see all of the "sponge bread" that litters the shelves. You know what I'm talking about ... plain ol' white bread that's devoid of nutritional, aesthetic, or relative moral value.

My personal disdain for the likes of the Wonder Bread genre of mass-produced breads knows no end. Therefore, I usually abstain from said bread and either fork out substantial cash for decent bread at stores like Central Market or, when I'm feeling really adventurous, I take a stab at baking the breads I love.

Pictured below is the result of my second attempt at making Laugenbrötchen ... the famous "lye roll" (or pretzel roll) that's found throughout Germany. To my surprise, today's batch turned out really well and passed the kids' taste test.

Seeing my children eat real bread makes the two and half hour preparation time worth it. Now I need to learn how to make the Dampfnudel! Down with Wonder Bread ... long live echtes Brot!



Blogger Brian said...

Hey, could I get the recipe for Laugenbrötchen? I love bread, too! I've made some really good white bread before (super dense, soft, moist) and I very much enjoy making and eating it!

July 19, 2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Joe said...

Sure ... here's the recipe I used: http://www.recipezaar.com/169790

Just be careful when adding the flour. Four cups might be too much ... so add a little at a time to ensure your dough doesn't become too dry.

July 19, 2007 10:54 AM  

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