Rose's Ricotta Loaf is a bread that defies classification.
It just can't be pinned down.
Not a fluffy yeast bread. Not a dense tea bread.
It lies somewhere in the middle with a flavor
all its own.
It definitely is a simple bread to make.
Flour, sugar, yeast are stirred together.
Ricotta, butter, egg and salt are then added and
eventually water to guarantee it is a nice, moist dough.
Ten minutes in the mixing bowl with a dough hook and
I was so pleased that I promptly sent off a picture to my
Bread Bible Baking daughter
as proof I'd finally gotten underway.
But this is what I sent instead~
Which is why one
should not bake without
let along text pictures.
They look exactly the same with my blurry vision.
They're on your head, Mrs. Richards
Into the microwave with cups of hot water
for a steamy rise, although why I just
didn't let it rise outside in the humidity is beyond me.
I blame the weather for melting any and all
common sense I might have had left.
Proofed and ready for the oven.
Wish I could say the same for wedging
ice cubes into the pan lying on the oven floor.
It's like some mad cap ring toss carnival game at the fair
and I sure didn't win any prizes.
A few cursory adjectives may have been
uttered when I noticed the instructions to
turn and tent with foil.
See above about humidity.
Luckily no harm done.
As a bonus for clearing out the freezer
a forgotten jar of lemon curd was found.
This bread is good. It's very good. It's too good
And tea with the Earl.